Capital’s mosque slated for completion by end-April
After years of delays, the Greek capital’s first modern Muslim house of worship is slated for completion by the end of April, as work at the site has gotten back on track.
The tender for the 887,000euro project, financed through the Public Investment Program, was signed with a consortium of Greece’s four biggest construction firms on October 10. Work, however, did not commence until November 4 as the site at a former navy facility in Votanikos was occupied by protesters from the far-right, which vehemently objects to the presence of a working mosque in the predominantly Christian Orthodox country. The Church of Greece has also opposed the plan.
The site measures a total of 1.7 hectares and will accommodate a 1,000 square meter mosque, which will have a spring as dictated by Islamic religious convention, but not a minaret.