SIMFEROPOL/AQMESCIT (QHA) -

During the operation, shell stone blocks brought on the site as early as 2008 as part of the Crimea-wide drive to build the mosque, will be removed, reports the press service of the Spiritual Administration of Crimean Muslims.

According to the construction project, the mosque’s building will be built of reinforced concrete, which is why the shell stone blocks will be used to construct other mosques in Crimea.

Apart from removing the blocks, they will also be removing debris and refuse, putting up a fence, as well as bringing construction trailers and other equipment necessary for construction work, scheduled to coincide with the start of Kurban-Bairam festivities, to start.

Under the project, the mosque will be comprised of two sections: a domed main building and column-lined internal courtyard with a shadirvan (a place where ritual washing takes place prior to namaz).

Holding 4,000 people, the mosque will feature a main praying hall capable of sitting up to 1,500 men and 900 women. On major religious holidays, namaz is expected to be performed in the internal courtyard which accommodation capacity will be 1,100 people.

The Spiritual Administration of Crimean Muslims spent 7 years battling it out in court before it finally got a permit in 2011 to build the Juma Jami mosque on a land plot at 22 Yaltinskaya Street. Soon after that, an architectural design competition was held to determine the best Juma Jami project, which was won by Idris and Emil Yunusov.

Since then, the Spiritual Administration of Crimean Muslims got all the necessary documents ready but the mosque’s construction kept being put off due to bureaucratic hurdles.

QHA