20 September 2023

TİKA Builds Annexe to the Historical Mosque in Herat

The annexe built by Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) as an extension of the Grand Mosque of Herat in Afghanistan’s Herat is now open for use.

Grand Mosque of Herat, which was built 700 years ago, is now being visited by thousands of Afghans.

But since wudu and bathroom services were inefficient, an annexe was built on the 820-meter square field in the mosque courtyard. The annexe has the capacity of 100 persons and is formed of sections for women, men and the disabled. The annexe will be used as a lavatory for wudu and hygiene services.

In the opening ceremony, Republic of Türkiye’s Consul General to Herat, Sinan İlhan, the Governor of Herat, Nur Ahmed İslamcar, TİKA’s Coordinator in Herat, Afarat Deniz and many authorities were present.

During the ceremony, Consul General İlhan stated in his speech:

“We think that serving people is serving god. We have built an annexe where people can take wudu in, an important pre-requirement for prayer. Thus, an important need of the people is met in the Grand Mosque of Herat.”

Governor of Herat, İslamcar, stated: “TİKA, the honorable institution, took a great step of service in the Grand Mosque of Herat by building a fully equipped annexe in a big field for the mosque community.”

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