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27 November 2010

Tour the East London Mosque

Your author noticed the other day, in the course of his daily browsing, that the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre, on Whitechapel High Street, are open for visitors this weekend. Given that this is part of his daily commute, it seems too good an opportunity to miss.

The Mosque itself is one of the largest in UK, with a capacity of up to 5000 people. It opened in 1985, and took around three years to build. The London Muslim Centre, meanwhile, is a much newer development having been constructed between 2002 and 2004, at a cost of around £10.5m.

However, the organisation dates back much longer than this, to 1910, when notable local Muslims established the London Mosque Fund to build a mosque. By 1926, the fund had grown considerably, and the first Mosque was opened in three houses on the Commercial Road, E1, in 1941.

For more details of the opening, which includes guided tours, see http://www.eastlondonmosque.org.uk/news/288

^Picture © diamond geezer used under Creative Commons^

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