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Have a Look at the Grand Mosque
If you enter the Jubilee Park from the road coming from the Rond-point Schuman and turn to your left, you will go past the Pavillion of the Human Passions, one of the Victor Horta's early works. Next to it, you will see the Grand Mosque of Brussels, the largest in Belgium. There is a large islamic community in Brussels, but most of its members live in other parts of the city.
However, the building was not conceived as a religious place, but it was one of the pavillions built with the occasion of the Universal Exhibition held at the Jubilee Park in 1897 (The Cairo Panorama, referring to a monumental fresco that decorated its ceiling). It was only in the late XX century that renovation works were carried out, financed with Saudi funds, which allowed for the transformation of the building into the mosque that it is today.
The Great Mosque of Brussels
The Great Mosque of Brussels, the biggest of Belgium, was established in the Cinquantenaire Park with Saudi money (inaugurated in 1978) from the restauration of "The panorama of Cairo" building, the major attraction during the universal exhibition in 1897.
More information about the history of this centre, its objectives, activities and possibilities of visits on the web site.
Several photos show the prayer room (typically 800 people, up to 1500!) and adornment.
Right in the far north-western corner of Parc du Cinquantenaire is the Grand Mosque which was originally built as a folly in Arabic style in 1880 before becoming a mosque in 1978.
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