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Berlin archaeologists find remnants of World War I mosque


Potsdam (Germany) – Archaeologists from Berlin’s Free University said on Tuesday in Potsdam, Germany, that they have uncovered the remains of a mosque in the Wuensdorf, South of Berlin.
They said the mosque, which was completed during World War I, and torn down some 10 years later, was thought to be Germany’s first mosque.
The archaeologists said the dig team found tensioning wire and iron bolts from the mosque’s wooden dome, along with glass shards.
They said the entire structure was of wood, the minaret rising to 23 meters.
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The university said the mosque was built to cater to the spiritual needs of Muslim prisoners of war from the conflict and was torn down again in 1925-26.
They recalled that during the war, Wuensdorf was home to more than 4,000 Muslim POWs from India, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria.
The university said the area was later used for containers to accommodate some of the thousands of refugees flooding into Germany, many of them Muslims.
The archaeological team promised to document traces of the past beforehand. (dpa/NAN)

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