One of Germany's largest mosques opens

21st May 2010, Comments 0 comments

A new mosque that is one of the largest in Germany was officially opened Friday in Berlin's Kreuzberg quarter, which has a strong Turkish presence.

The mosque, which can hold around 1,000 people, is part of a complex that media reports said cost around 10 million euros (12.5 million dollars) to build and was entirely financed by private Lebanese and Palestinian donors.

The mosque is topped by a glass dome and four small minarets, and is part of a six-storey, 5,000-square-metre (54,000-square-foot) building that includes commercial and social centres and a library.

Germany's largest mosque can accommodate 2,500 people and is in the city of Mannheim in the west of the country.

The construction of mosques in Germany has prompted debate -- as it has in other European countries -- notably among the extreme right.

© 2010 AFP

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