The main hall of Sancaklar Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. A simple, cave-like space 7 meters below ground with exposed stone and concrete walls. Designed by Emre Arolat Architects (EAA) and built in 2011. Photos by Bünyamin Salman, via Flickr.:

The main hall of Sancaklar Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. A simple, cave-like space 7 meters below ground with exposed stone and concrete walls. Designed by Emre Arolat Architects (EAA) and built in Architecture Festival, Religion Winner)

The rugged, austere design of Sancaklar Mosque is inspired by the Cave of Hira and the modesty of mosques built during the earliest years of Islam.  Designed by Emre Arolat Architects (EAA) and built in 2011.

The rugged, austere design of Sancaklar Mosque is inspired by the Cave of Hira and the modesty of mosques built during the earliest years of Islam. Designed by Emre Arolat Architects (EAA) and built in

Interior view of the main prayer hall and the balcony.  Yeşil Vadi Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey.  Built in 2010 and designed by Adnan Kazmaoğlu.

Interior view of the main prayer hall and the balcony. Built in 2010 and designed by Adnan Kazmaoğlu.

The minbar (pulpit) of Sancaklar Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. A set of curved concrete steps.

Beten unter Tage - Sancaklar-Moschee von Emre Arolat in Istanbul

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Sancaklar Mosque in Istanbul by Emre Arolat, Pray underground in great shades of grey.

Beten unter Tage - Sancaklar-Moschee von Emre Arolat in Istanbul

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