17 Jun '11, 6pm

Wind-Powered Mosque Planned for German Town

Wind-Powered Mosque Planned for German Town

A mosque in Istanbul. Photo: Jennifer Hattam . The tall spire that is often the most distinctive architectural feature of a mosque, a minaret is important as the place from which the Islamic call to prayer is issued five times a day. In one small Muslim community in northern Germany, this religious symbol is set to become an environmental one as well: A mosque in the works will be partially powered by wind turbines in its minarets. Local authorities last month approved a request from a Muslim community in Norderstedt, near Hamburg , to build a new mosque complex with the eco-friendly feature, The Guardian reported earlier this week. The community, part of the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs, is still working to raise money for the 2.5 million-euro project. Sacred Architecture With An Ecological Function "I thought about how we could give sacral architecture an ...

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