Islam: Paris opens new mosque in Goutte-d'Or

To prevent Friday prayers in the street in multiethnic area

28 November, 16:08

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, NOVEMBER 28 - A new mosque was inaugurated Thursday in Paris's Goutte-d'Or neighborhood, just below Montmartre. The 'Islamic Institute of Culture' will include two prayer halls, a cafe, hammam and spa, as well as spaces for concerts, exhibitions and theater performances and classrooms for dance, music, cookery and theater classes.

    Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe inaugurated one of the two prayer halls today, while the second will be ready by 2015. The new mosque, located at 56 Rue Stephenson and directed by the rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris, Dalil Boubakeur, is expected to at least partially solve the issue of crowds of Muslims who gather every Friday in the nearby Rue Myrha and Rua Polonceau to pray in the middle of the streets of this multiethnic area in the northern part of the capital.

    The situation has long been a source of traffic problems and disruption to public order. (ANSAmed).

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