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Interfaith worship center for Jews, Christians, Muslims to be built in Berlin

Construction on the House of One to begin in May; facility will have separate prayer areas joined by common meeting space

A illustration of the planned House of One in Berlin, bringing together a synagogue, mosque and church (Courtesy)
A illustration of the planned House of One in Berlin, bringing together a synagogue, mosque and church (Courtesy)

Construction will begin this spring in Berlin on an interfaith worship center for Jews, Christians and Muslims.

The facility will have a synagogue, mosque and church that will be linked together through a central meeting area.

The building, called the House of One, will be built on the former site of a church that was razed by East German communist authorities during the Soviet era.

The foundation stone for the structure will be set down in a ceremony on May 27, ending 10 years of planning and beginning some four years of construction, The Guardian reported.

The project will cost some 47 million Euros ($56.7 million). Most of the cost will be covered by the German government, while some will come from donations.

The center will have a large hall space and will invite people of other religions, as well as the non-religious, to events there.

The building, designed by Berlin architectural firm Kuehn Malvezzi, has been jokingly dubbed by some as the “churmosquagogue.”

Rabbi Andreas Nachama collaborated on the project with Muslim and Christian leaders.

“There are many different ways to God, and each is a good way,” Nachama told The Guardian. “It is more than a symbol. It is the start of a new era where we show there is no hate between us.”

The center will be built on the former site of St. Peter’s Church in Berlin’s Petriplatz area. The church was damaged during World War II and destroyed by the communist government in 1964.

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