Sarımiye Mosque, Hatay
On Antakya’s Kurtuluş Avenue, which locals cite as the world’s first illuminated street, Sarımiye Mosque and its iconic minaret once framed the cityscape. Antakya, renowned for its tapestry of religions and cultures, was often featured in photos with both the minaret of the mosque and the belltower of the nearby Catholic Church. The Antakya Synagogue is just across the street.
The February 6th earthquakes destroyed the mosque and toppled its famed minaret. Donations are vital to rebuild the mosque to preserve the coexistence that embodies the city’s culture.