According to atv.hu, workers have been occupied with the completing of a huge Muslim centre at Gutenberg Square, Budapest for months. The Municipality of Józsefváros believes that a cultural centre is going to be established there, but locals and the workers say that there’s going to be a Muslim house of prayer in the corner house.
Workers think that the corner house, which is nicely painted on the outside and has many windows, will turn out beautifully with its unique arches. According to their knowledge, a hunk, bearded “Arab” living close-by is the owner, who manages the works.
The young adults working on the revetment say that the house of prayer will be huge and that the cellar is also quite extended in the basement of the 540 m2 estate. However, they couldn’t tell which Muslim denomination plans to have their gatherings there.
According to the Municipality of Józsefváros, a private person bought an estate for 30 million forints at an auction in 2014 in the block of flats at Gutenberg Square 1. “As we know, currently the Jótékonysági Béke Alapítvány (Eleemosynary Peace Charity) wants to open a cultural centre there. We only heard about the Muslim house of prayers from you” answered the press office.
But the owners of the close-by shops and local dwellers are sure that the cultural centre is actually a Muslim house of prayer. The specialty of the frequented location is that the National Rabbi Trainer – Jewish University can be found on the opposing corner.
Atv.hu also asked the charity organization mentioned and the president of its advisory board said that it is not a typical house of prayers that is being built in the estate, but a cultural centre, where a gallery will operate.
He added that the house of prayers would have to answer several construction requirements and that different exhibitions, conferences, meetings, women’s and men’s clubs will operate in the building.
According to the article, even the municipality wasn’t informed about the real goal of the estate development, in other words, whether or not it’ll be a house of prayer.
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