“I’m a bit surprised that the Italian government is considering a proposal to build a mosque in the capital city of Rome”
Rome, Italy (A: 3/25/17) The Italian government has officially approved the construction of a mosque at the center of Rome, the largest Italian city, according to the city’s mayor.
The Italian news site La Repubblica reports that the decision to build the new mosque will be made by the new city administration, with a deadline of February 23, and that the site is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
The news site says that construction is expected “to be completed within the next two years.”
The mosque is to be located on the site of a former Italian military barracks, but the mayor says the site will be open to the public for free.
It is not clear what the mosque will contain, and whether it will be part of a larger religious building, or instead an underground facility.
The building will be funded by the Italian central government, which is looking to attract foreign investors to build mosques in the country.
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