No Bidders For Athens Mosque



Muslims 012Muslims in Greece who’ve long awaited an official mosque to be built in Athens at the expense of the government are going to have to wait longer because so far no Greek construction company wants the job.

A fourth attempt to find a company to build the mosque in an old building will be made next month after three failed tenders have led to some firms claiming they withdrew because of fears of intimidation.

The Infrastructure Ministry’s General Secretary, Stratos Simopoulos, told Kathimerini that the new tender for the 946,000-euro ($1.28 million) project in the Votanikos area would only be aimed at big companies because smaller firms aren’t seeking the work despite a crushing economic crisis in which construction contracts have dried up.

Kathimerini spoke to representatives of several smaller companies that had expressed an interest in the scheme in the past, who admitted to concerns about the popular opposition to the construction of a mosque in Athens.

One person spoke of fears of “being targeted by extremist groups,” while another said that he had been unable to physically submit the bid due to a protest against the mosque by residents and other groups.

The neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party is opposed to the mosque’s construction and the project is also being fought by Bishop of Piraeus Seraphim and a residents’ group in Votanikos. Golden Dawn said they won’t allow work to go ahead and has made racially-charged statements against Muslims.

Government sources, however, speculated that the lack of interest from construction firms might be an attempt to force the government to offer more money. Athens is one of the few European Union capitals without a mosque, so Muslims use some 100 makeshift praying areas in the basements of apartment blocks.


19 COMMENTS

  1. Of all things Greece needs right now, a mosque is very, very, very low on the priority list. There are so many other things to build and do to help the economy.

  2. Do people realize that in Islam, mosques are “footholds” until the end of time? That they are NEVER to be demolished or used for any other purpose? That they have to be protect with “blood”.

    I rather see the government build a whorehouse then a mosque.

  3. How true…In Australia these mosques have only created enclaves of these detested people…dont build them

  4. Stupid leftist support muslim illegal and they forget how they murder and stone gays, woman and anyone who doesn’t bow to their hate filled religion.

    They can practice on their own kind with as many rocks they can find in their own hell holes.

  5. They are already praying in small places so why not give them a proper place like other civilized countries do

  6. They have a proper place to pray! They can return to their own countries where, no doubt they have many options.
    It is wrong to reward criminals, and illegal immigrants are criminals!There is a clue in the term “illegal immigrant”

  7. Just like churches
    Is the Orthodox Church so good for Greece
    The fact that there is no mosque does that mean all the Muslim people living in Greece will miraculously disappear
    I am embarrassed to say I am greek when I read the comments on this site

  8. Erasing the Christian past.

    A fine Byzantine church in Turkey has been converted into a mosque!

    Sinful paintings on the ceiling? ON JULY 5th the mufti of Trabzon gathered with other citizens for the first Friday prayers of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, not at a mosque but at an ancient Byzantine church.
    The gathering was a symbolic re-enactment of the conquest in 1462 of this ancient Greek Black Sea port by Mehmet II, the Ottoman sultan who had wrested Constantinople from the Byzantines in 1453.
    He marked his victory by converting the Haghia Sophia cathedral of todays Istanbul into a mosque. Haghia Sophias sister of the same name in Trabzon is less grand. Yet with its dazzling frescoes and magnificent setting overlooking the sea, the 13th-century building is regarded as one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture.
    As with other Christian monuments, the Haghia Sophia in Trabzon has become a symbol in the battle between secularists and Islamists. It was converted into a mosque around the 16th century and, after other incarnations, became a museum in 1964. But the Islamists won the last round in 2012 when a local court accepted the claim by the General Directorate of the Pious Foundations, the government body responsible for Turkeys historic mosques, that the Haghia Sophia belonged to the foundation of Mehmet II and was being illegally occupied by the culture ministry.
    The decision provoked surprising anger in a city notorious for its ultra-nationalist views. Its about erasing the Christian past, reviving Ottomanism, says a local historian. There are enough mosques in Trabzon, half of them empty, what was the need? chimes in Zeki Bakar, a neighbourhood councillor.
    A lawsuit has been brought to undo the conversion.Even so, the mildly Islamist Justice and Development (AK) government carried out the conversion in time for Ramadan. A red carpet now obscures exquisite floor mosaics. Shutters and tents beneath the central dome shield Muslim worshippers from paintings of the Holy Trinity. Shiny steel taps with plastic stools for ablutions clutter a once-verdant garden filled with ancient sculptures.
    Mazhar Yildirimhan of the Pious Foundations Directorates office in Trabzon shrugs off complaints as propaganda. But for experts the conversion is tragic, and will inevitably lead to damaging the building.
    It seems to follow closely that of Haghia Sophia in Iznik, warns Antony Eastmond of the Courtauld Institute of Art, referring to another conversion.
    All this is prompting anxiety that the Haghia Sophia in Istanbul will be next. These fears are overdone. Restoration work on the famous basilica has continued under a decade of AK rule and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister, has dismissed worries about its fate.
    Yet Mr Yildirimhan makes no secret of his desire for a conversion, which he says is shared by fellow Muslims. It was ordained by the sultan, he says. We have all the records.

  9. Nearly ALL muslims residing in Greece are ILLEGAL immigrants.
    The corrupt New Democracy-PASOK government should not be spending Greek tax payers money building mosques for illegal muslim immigrants.

    “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers.” — Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey.

  10. ****Muslim people living in Greece will miraculously disappear****

    One can only hope. They all can apply for LEGAL immigrant at the local embassies.

    And……If you are embarrassed………..wear a plastic bag over your head. The ones that have a floral design.

  11. Muslims do have places of worhip in Greece (especially in Thrace). What these new Mosques represent is places of worship for ILLEGALS that have flooded our country. Any Muslim that is patriotic to Greece, would strongly oppose illegals. Before criticizing Greece for regulating Mosque, they would ask why aren’t their any non-Muslim places of worship anywhere in Mecca. Moral consistency is ethnics. Not pointing at fingers at one direction while staying blind to someone else.

  12. I agree on you on this point. It is ridiculous to use state funds to built Mosques. However, I also think its ridiculous to use state funds to build churches or any other form of religious institutions.

  13. Early Laint christians erased Greeks belief in Zeus. Even today the Church attacks greek pagans.

    When someone mixed church and state it ends up oppressing those that don’t subscribe to their religious views (and turning the rest into drones for religious authorities)

    What was great about ancient Hellenes wasn’t their mystic. It was their love of reason.

  14. Don’t build any mosque in Greece, Sydney in Australia is becoming a war zone where the Muslims live. Without a mosque they should start leaving or losing interest in Islam. Golden Dawn are doing the right thing, they just need to no be too extreme

  15. ISLAM – QUORAN IS NOT ACCEPTING THE CROSSING OF JESUS ANS IS NOT ACCEPTING THE HOLY TRINITY FATHER
    HOLY SPIRIT-SON IT IS BLASPHEMY FOR ALL THE CRISTIANS.IT IS SHAME AN UNACCEPTABLE IN GREECE THE ISLAMIC MOSQUE.

  16. WE DONT LIKE TROUBLES IN GREECE LIKE FRANCE,BRITISH AND GERMANY THAT THE MUSLIMS ARE ATTACKING THE CHRISTIANS , IN GERMANY 45% OF POPULATION ARE TURKISH MUSLIMS WITH GAERMAN PASSPORT AND THEY ARE MAKING TROUBLES.

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