For centuries, religious architecture followed a similar thread, but modernism upended what it means to pay testament to religion through design, and the new Marmara University Mosque is a follower in that contemporary tradition. The artful religious building employs angular patterns and organic forms that are distinctly separate from more traditional mosque designs while still adhering to the same core tenets.
One of the key buildings in the modernist religious architectural shift is the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's Barcelona masterpiece. The building simultaneously uses the gestures of Neo-Gothic architecture while bringing those outdated concepts into the future. The new Marasala University Mosque, with its smooth white columns and fractal patterns, is clearly indebted to the Sagrada Familia, and it seems to be doing the same for Muslim architecture as Gaudi's work did for Christian architecture.