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Florence plans 'mega-mosque' for Muslim worshippers
Florence leaders are trying to find a new home for Muslim worshippers as the city's central mosque can no longer cope with its 1,000-strong faithful.
While Lombardy's right-wing leadership attempted to limit the construction of new mosques, the Tuscan city of Florence has pledged to find premises for a "mega-mosque" in its historic centre to accommodate the Muslim community, who currently worship in a 400-metre square former garage.
People are often forced to pray on the street outside the mosque, located in Borgo Allegri, during the most important weekly meeting in the Muslim church - the Friday prayer of Jummah.
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