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Ljubljana mosque to enter first phase of construction works

Ljubljana mosque to enter first phase of construction works
 

Review Hari Stefanatos

The first mosque in Slovenia that is to be built in Ljubljana is about the enter the next stage of its construction in the coming weeks, since the Islamic Community in Slovenia on Wednesday commissioned a contractor for the first phase of construction works, almost nine months after the symbolic ceremony took place.

The contractor who was chosen for the first stage of construction, the Krško-based Kostak, must have completed the excavation of the construction pit until October 10, duting which time the Islamic community will select  the contractor for the main building.

In a press release, the Head of the Islamic community in Slovenia, Mufti Nedžad Grabus, characterized the start of the construction works as "a major landmark" for the muslim community that will "finally get a building worthy of it and Islam as a world religion".

Grabus confirmed that Qatar was the main financial contributor for this project, which is expected to cover 70% of the cost.

Without Qatar "the Islamic community would not be able to continue with the project", Grabus said.

The building that was designed by the renowned architectural firm Bevk Perovič Arhitekti will be situated north of the city centre, on a plot of land that the Muslim community bought from the City of Ljubljana, at a projected cost of EUR 21m.

(Source: SloveniaTimes)

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