Muslims living in Greece attend Friday prayers at the Masjid al-Salam makeshift mosque in Athens. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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Athens' half a million Muslims are set to get their first official mosque in more than a century.In May, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras declared building a mosque long overdue.The new mosque – a 1,000 square meter building with no minaret, split over two levels – is expected to be ready in April in an old naval base in an industrial part of Athens.Plans to build a mosque began in 1890 with an act of Parliament, but all fell through, including one for the 2004 Olympics.For months last year a dozen Greek nationalists occupied the mosque site and set up a homeless center, calling it "a hot spot for Greeks" drawing a contrast with centers on Greek islands for mainly Muslim refugees and migrants arriving from Turkey.
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