The dome and minarets of the Kurtuluş Mosque, which was built as a church in 1892 and converted into a prison in the Republican era and a mosque in 1984, were also destroyed in the earthquake.
Earthquakes with a magnitude of 7.7, the epicenter of which was in the Pazarcık district of Kahramanmaras, and 7.6, the epicenter of which was in Elbistan, caused destruction and loss in 11 provinces.
Hundreds of buildings were destroyed in Gaziantep, one of the provinces hit by earthquakes, and more than 3 thousand people lost their lives under the rubble.
Historical buildings, especially the historical castle, were either destroyed or damaged.
Stands Out With Its Historical Mosques
Gaziantep, which is among the 10 oldest cities in the world, is also among the cities that stand out with its historical mosques.
Dome and Minarets Destroyed in Earthquake
The dome and minarets of the Kurtulus Mosque, which is located in Tepebasi Neighborhood and called ‘Hagia Sophia of the city’, were destroyed in the earthquake.
The Kurtulus Mosque, located in Tepebasi District and built as a church in 1892, was also used as a church and prison.
It Became a Mosque in 1984
The mosque, which was bought by a benefactor in 1984 and donated to the Directorate of Religious Affairs from the Ministry of Justice, and named ‘Kurtulus Mosque’, is among the historical structures of the city.