The first stone has been laid in the construction of the Al-Nour Mulhouse mosque, marking the symbolic beginnings of construction which should be completed in 2011. The first stone was laid by the city’s mayor, Jean-Marie Bockel, who reminded the media of Mulhouse’s commitment toward religious diversity and dialogue.
The prayer space will occupy 1358m2, and also include a multi-purpose room, office space, a dozen classrooms, a library, and sports facilities, with a pool, hammam, and sauna. It replaces vacant warehouses, and promises to be extremely visible with a 21m minaret and underground parking spaces for 110 vehicles.
The project’s cost is estimated between 3.2 to 7.6 million Euros, and has been organized by the Alsace Muslims Association (AMAL or l’association des Musulmans d’Alsace), created in 1974.