Netherlands' biggest mosque opens its doors

17th December 2010, Comments 0 comments


The biggest mosque in the Netherlands opens its doors today after over seven years of construction. Rotterdam's Essalam Mosque will be opened by the city's mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb and city councillor Hamit Karakus.

The mosque has been at the centre of much controversy in recent years. Concerns were expressed that foreign influence on the project was too strong, partly due to the funding provided by Sheik Hamdan bin Rashid al-Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates. A conflict between the visitors to the mosque and its executive had to be settled in court.

The building of the mosque also ground to a lengthy halt and it took the personal intervention of city councillor Hamit Karakus to ensure that construction was finally completed. The striking building, which features two minarets towering above a 25-metre dome, will serve around 2,500 Moroccan Muslims living in the Rotterdam South district.

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

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