Workers attend a groundbreaking ceremony of Taksim mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, Feb. 17, 2017. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
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Turkey Friday began building a mosque on the iconic Taksim Square in Istanbul which the local authorities hope will create a major new Islamic landmark in the heart of the country's largest city."It is pleasing that no one will have now to pray in the streets," Istanbul mayor Kadir Topbas said at the ceremony laying the foundation stone of the mosque, according to the Anadolu agency.He noted that the two-minaret mosque would be adjacent to a historic Greek Orthodox church.
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