Cap­i­tal’s mosque slated for com­ple­tion by end-April

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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.

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