The Cologne Central Mosque (German: DITIB-Zentralmoschee Köln, Turkish: Merkez-Camii) is a building currently under construction and commissioned by German Muslims of the Organization DITIB for a large, representativeZentralmoschee (central mosque) in Cologne, Germany. After some controversy, the project won the approval of Cologne's city council.
The mosque is designed in Ottoman architectural style, with glass walls, two minarets and a dome. The mosque is proposed to have a bazaar as well as other secular areas intended for interfaith interactions. As the mosque will be one of Europe's biggest, it has been criticized for its size, particularly the height of the minarets.
The 48,000-square-foot (4,500 m2) mosque will cost £15–20 million to build, aiming to house 2,000 to 4,000 worshippers. The proposed mosque will be funded by Diyanet İşleri Türk İslam Birliği (DITIB), a branch of the Turkish government's religious affairs authority, bank loans, and donations from 884 Muslim associations. Cologne's St. Theodore Catholic Church has also decided to fundraise for the mosque. The architect of the mosque is Paul Böhm, who specializes in building churches. via
The construction of the mosque faced a lot of criticism in the city of Cologne, one of the German cities were even start construction in 2009 and is now on the verge of completion of the final touches him.
The building of the largest mosque for Muslims in Germany and in this central area in particular has been criticism where some people complain of high minarets and others are skeptical that it could become a nuclear reactor, and from there they want to become a monastery, but in the end became the central mosque in the city and decided to built the way Ottoman architectural style.
The designer of this mosque said that he is happy that he has had the opportunity to participate in the construction of this edifice unique to a unique group of people, "Muslims."