The Grand Mosque in Constanţa
National Museum of Romanian History
Beginning of the 20th century
The Grand Mosque of Constanţa, the biggest in Romania, was built between 1910–1913 for the Muslim community of the city, on the initiative of king Carol I. It was erected on the place of a 19th century mosque, whose minbar (pulpit from where the imam delivers sermons) was preserved. The monument, a mixture of Byzantine-Egyptian and Romanian architectural elements, is the work of architect Victor Ştefănescu, who before designing it travelled to Istanbul to get acquainted with Islamic architecture. The mosque was inaugurated on 31 May 1913 in the presence of Romania’s king and queen and of Romanian and Ottoman officials. The envoy of sultan Abdul Hamid II brought a Persian rug for the mosque and awarded the orders of “Medjidie” and “Osmanieh” to Victor Ştefănescu and the city’s may.
"The Grand Mosque in Constanţa" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://www.sharinghistory.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;rm;1;en
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