Residents Protest Building of Mosque in Athens

September 16, 2003

Source: The Guardian,3604,1042786,00.html

On September 16, 2003 The Guardian (UK) reported that "a plan to erect the first mosque serving the [Greek] capital [Athens] since the end of Ottoman rule has unleashed a row pitting the reform-minded government against the Greek Orthodox Church.

The rumpus has highlighted the fact that Athens is the sole EU capital without a proper Muslim place of worship.

Now as construction workers prepare to move in, the people of Peania, which lies near the new Athens international airport, 12 miles from the capital's centre, have stepped up a campaign to stop their area being graced with a giant dome and minaret."