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Minaret to be 42 meters high after all

17 February 2006 – Despite protests of people living in the neighbourhood, the new Westermoskee in De Baarsjes will have a 42 meter high minaret. This is the binding advice of an abritration committee that looked into the matter. After years of struggle, the construction of the mosque will start Tuesday 28 February.

The committee concluded that ‘such a height accent’ fits well at the location, and that lowering the minaret would do ‘serious harm’ to the design. Neighbourhood organisation BORT had earlier insisted that the minaret be lowered by twenty percent.

The issue forms part of a conflict that has been going on for years. The neighbourhood organisation would have preferred a more modest neighbourhood mosque. The design had been adapted in a number of ways in accordance with their wishes, but no agreement could be reached on the height of the minaret. All parties involved agreed to accept the binding advice of an independent committee.

The design of the mosque was inspired partly by the Sultan Ahmet mosque in Istanbul, and partly by the Amsterdam School. Besides the mosque, a car park, 111 rented houses and space for shops, offices and entreprises will be built at the location.

Source: De Baarsjes, Kristal

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