Strasbourg Mosque

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The Strasbourg Mosque or Great Mosque of Strasbourg (Template:Lang-fr) is a large purpose-built Islamic mosque in the Heyritz area, south of the Ile de Strasbourg. It was inaugurated in September 2012.

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

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.

The new mosque has a capacity of 1,200 people. The first stone of the new mosque was laid on 29 October 2004 by the then Mayor of Strasbourg Fabienne Keller. She also revised the original building project, removing the planned study centre, auditorium and minaret and reducing the capacity of the prayer room by 50%.

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. 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.

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