Erdoğan opens eco-friendly Mosque in Europe. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has officially opened the East of England’s Cambridge Central Mosque.
Described as the first eco-mosque in Europe, the building is fitted with solar panels, relies on green energy and aims to achieve a zero-carbon footprint.
This opened in April to the public for the first time.
“I think the best response to the growing anti-Islamism will be this place of worship,” said Erdogan, according to Anadolu Agency.
“I hope that this mosque, which from the very beginning has become a symbol of solidarity against racism, will continue to be, God willing, the center of unity, dialogue and peace in the future,” he said.
British Muslim singer Yusuf Islam, also known as Cat Stevens, is one of the mosque’s patrons and arrived earlier on Thursday for the inauguration ceremony.
Several other donors, including the Turkish government and the Qatar National Fund, contributed to the development of the mosque.
The design was inspired by Islamic and English religious architectural styles, according to the website of the mosque.
“We tried to develop the concept of a 21st-century British mosque,” says the website. “With everything from solar panels and gray water recycling to state-of-the-art heating and cooling technology, it is a pioneer in’ green deen’ (faith) reminding us of our connection with nature.”
Erdogan supporters gathered at the venue, as well as demonstrators who protested against the visit of the Turkish leader and what they said was the apparent approval of Ankara’s policies by the mosque.
Erdogan arrived at a two-day NATO summit near London in the UK days earlier. The meeting saw a clash between several NATO members, some disagreeing with the latest intervention in Syria by Turkey. News report on Erdoğan opens eco-friendly Mosque in Europe.