Towering over Midrand is the biggest mosque in the Southern Hemisphere. Built by a Turkish philanthropist 'Uncle Ali' Nizamiye Masjid was completed in 2012 and modelled on a 16th-Century mosque in Edirne, Turkey. With its 21 small domes, marble columns, hand-painted ceilings and rich mosaics this is a spectacular piece of architecture. The main dome, framed by four towering minarets, rises 32 metres. The complex also houses a school, clinic, Turkish supermarket, bakery, barber, bookshop, a carpet and ceramics store and a delicious Turkish restaurant, Ottoman Palace. For fascinating insights into the construction of the mosque and the history of Ottoman architecture book a tour (60 mins) of the place with Ahmed Coban.
GET THERE WITH GAUTRAIN
The Nizamiye Mosque Complex is easily reached from the Midrand Gautrain station. From the Midrand Gautrain station, you can reach the mosque by taking the daily Mall of Africa Gautrain midi-bus and getting off at the Dis-Chem/Le Roux Avenue stop, from where it’s about a 10-minute walk. See our guide to the Gautrain here and download the Gautrain app for real-time updates on when the next Gautrain and Gautrain midi-bus are due. Visit www.gautrain.co.za for more information on the timetable and fares. #YourGautrainJourneyStartsHere