The Greek Ministry of Education will allocate the sum of EUR 946,000 to the Ministry of Growth to fund construction of the controversial mosque in Athens, according to To Vima.
Until recently, the Ministry of Education did not have the funds to finance the project.
The Greek government has stalled for over a decade the building of an official mosque leaving its 700,000 Muslims to pray in more than 120 basements and garages in Athens.
However, legal obstacles hamper the construction too. According to To Vima, the Council of State must first rule over objections to the mosque including objections by the Metropolitan Bishop of Piraeus Seraphim and some local residents who say they don’t want muslims to have a sanctioned place of worship.
However, if the objections are overruled then funds are now in place to begin construction.
The mosque will have no minaret, in order to adopt to the surrounding environment and it will be built in Votaniko. The project was designed by the architectural bureau of Alexandros Tombazis that has created some of the most beautiful mosques in the world.
Erdogan recently announced that he had offered Turkish help for the building of the house of worship, while adding that Samaras was “warm” to the idea.
However, Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Costas Tsiaras noted in Parliament that the building of the mosque would be done entirely by using the country’s own financial resources.