Construction of Balkan`s largest mosque in Albania

2015-05-14 06:08:44 |
Construction of Balkan`s largest mosque in Albania
Construction site of Albania`s Largest Preze Castle mosque in Tirana.

 

The Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs will finance the building of the Balkan’s largest mosque in the Albanian capital Tirana, authorities said.

New Mosque complex will be 10,000 square meters (108,000 square foot) near the Albanian parliament and to accommodate 4,500 worshippers.

Currently only 60 people are able to worship at the same time in the Et’hem Bey Mosque, despite the fact that 70 percent of Tirana’s population of over 300,000 is Muslim.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Albanian President Bujar Nishani, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, Turkey’s top religious leader Mehmet Gormez and Albanian Muslim community leader Skender Brucaj are attended inauguration the construction work of the mosque Wednesday.

Turkish ambassador to Albania, Hidayet Bayraktar, said the mosque is a gift from the Turkish people to their Albanian brothers.  Bayraktar praised Albania’s model as a society where all religions live in peace. He also praised Albania’s progress toward becoming a European Union country.

"We want to finish the work quickly so that we pay tribute to our mosque, the Albanian brothers, ”Erdogan said at the inauguration of Preze Castle mosque. “Today also we regard all of our brothers in Albania and Balkans as our inseparable part." 
"The Museum of coexistence which will also be built near a mosque in Tirana will be a symbol of religious tolerance," he added.

The mosque will be under Islamic center where there will be more conferences and exhibitions, libraries and museums in the same area in the center of Tirana, the Catholic cathedral and Orthodox church.

Albania is a Muslim-majority country in Balkan region with a population of around three million people. It has been a NATO member and is a European Union candidate nation.  

.

Tags: #

Latest News

What to Next

Rebel ambush kills 28 regime fighters near Damascus

BEIRUT: At least 28 Syrian government soldiers and pro-regime fighters were killed on Wednesday in a rebel ambush in the Eastern Ghouta region ne... More

Remove Jerusalem metal detectors, Erdogan tells Israeli counterpart

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday urged his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin to swiftly remove metal detectors that have o... More

Thousands protest in Amman over Israeli measures in Jerusalem

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the Jordanian capital on Friday to condemn Israel's latest security measures at a highly sensitive ... More

By embracing Russia,Trump bumps up against top advisers

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s persistent overtures towards Russia are placing him increasingly at odds with his national security and for... More

Dubai legal firm confirms legality of documents showing PM's employment status: report

A UAE-based legal firm has verified the contents of a report submitted to the Supreme Court by the joint investigation team (JIT), which states that P... More

Iran's president threatens response to new US sanctions

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Tehran would “respond appropriately” to new US sanctions but that Iran remained commi... More

UAE denies Washington Post report it orchestrated Qatar hack

The United Arab Emirates has denied a Washington Post report that claims the country orchestrated a hack of Qatari state news and social media website... More

Philippine leader to expedite bill for self-rule in Muslim region

MANILA:Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed on Monday to fast-track new legislation for autonomy in the country’s most volatile region, ad... More

Baghdadi almost certainly alive

SULAIMANIA: A top Kurdish counter-terrorism official said on Monday he was 99 per cent sure that IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive and located ... More

Trump policy to hold meeting on South Asia

WASHINGTON: United States President Donald Trump is likely to meet his national security team this week to finalise his administration’s st... More

81