Strasbourg Mosque

Coordinates: 48°34′23.0″N 7°44′13.8″E / 48.573056°N 7.737167°E / 48.573056; 7.737167

The Strasbourg Mosque ("Great Mosque of Strasbourg"), known in French as "La Grande Mosquée de Strasbourg", a large purpose-built building in the Heyritz area, south of the Ile de Strasbourg. It was inaugurated in September 2012.

It is designed by Paolo Portoghesi,[1] who also designed the Rome Mosque. The design competition included a futuristic proposal by Zaha Hadid.[2]

Construction was delayed several times, due to litigation with the main constructors and a decision by the centre right municipal council of Fabienne Keller to prevent overseas funding.[3]

The new mosque has a capacity of 1200 people.[4] The first stone of the new mosque was laid on 29 October 2004 by the then Mayor of Strasbourg Fabienne Keller.[5] Mrs Keller also revised the original building project, removing the planned study centre, auditorium and minaret and reducing the capacity of the prayer room by 50%.[6]

It is frequented by Muslims of North-African, mainly Moroccan origin. It hosts many conferences and seminars and has an extensive teaching programme for school-aged children.

The former Mosque, in use from 1982 to 2012, consisted of a converted foie gras factory in the Impasse de mai in the centre of Strasbourg, near the law-courts.[7] It was not the first mosque to be established in Strasbourg. There have been mosques in the city since 1967 and there are now over twenty.

External links

  • La Grande Mosquée de Strasbourg

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