Abu Dhabi unveils plans for three-in-one mosque, church and synagogue
Abu Dhabi has revealed plans for a three-in-one religious complex with a church, a mosque and a synagogue in one location.
Designs for the Abrahamic Family House show the three houses of worship facing each other in extensive gardens on the island of Saadiyat in the capital of the UAE.
The organizers hope that the site is a & # 39; beacon of mutual understanding and peace & # 39; in a region that is often affected by religious conflicts.
It is hoped that the complex will be completed by 2022 and hold daily religious services, as well as international summits.
Striking: an interfaith group in Abu Dhabi wants to build this complex with a mosque (left), church (center) and synagogue (right) to promote peace between religions
Inside the church: an artist's impression of what Christian worship might look like. The UAE has a significant Catholic population due to the large number of migrants
The project was inspired by the Pope's historic visit earlier this year, when Francis and a prominent Sunni Muslim clergyman signed a joint statement on & # 39; human brotherhood & # 39 ;.
The Pope's visit in February was the first papal trip ever to the Arabian Peninsula.
Abu Dhabi ruler Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed announced the project immediately afterwards.
An interfaith group called the Higher Committee of Human Brotherhood was formed after the visit and defended the construction project.
& # 39; This milestone becomes a place for learning, dialogue and worship, open to everyone & # 39 ;, says a brochure for the group.
& # 39; Within each of the houses of worship, visitors are given the opportunity to observe religious services, listen to sacred scriptures, and experience sacred rituals.
& # 39; A fourth space – unrelated to a specific religion – becomes an educational center where all people can come together as a single community dedicated to mutual understanding and peace. & # 39;
This view shows what the synagogue would look like, with worshipers wearing Jewish keppa & # 39; s displayed. It would only be the second synagogue in the United Arab Emirates, with the other in Dubai
The inside of the mosque, with high vaulted ceilings. The project was inspired by the Pope's historic visit to the Arabian Peninsula earlier this year, during which he visited the UAE
The exterior of the synagogue, which will be built in extensive gardens on the island of Saadiyat in the capital of the UAE.
During his visit earlier this year, Francis led an outdoor mass for 170,000 people in Abu Dhabi, where Christian worship is usually only permitted in churches.
Unlike Saudi Arabia, which bans all non-Muslim places of worship, Abu Dhabi allows Christians to exercise their faith discreetly and has a significant Catholic population.
Pope Francis & voyage was warmly welcomed by Filipino and Indian Catholics among the vast number of migrants in the UAE.
The UAE also has an existing synagogue, opened in Dubai in 2008.
However, the UAE has also been at the center of tensions in the Middle East in recent months.
The UAE supports Saudi Arabia in the war in Yemen, but relations have been soured during battles between their surrogate armies in recent weeks.
Earlier this year a series of Gulf oil tankers were attacked off the coast of the UAE, causing worrying escalation.
The impression of an artist of worshipers walking around a courtyard in the inter-religious complex, next to the church
A proposed visitor center in the interfaith complex in Abu Dhabi, where daily religious services are held, as well as conferences and summits
It is hoped that one of the buildings will be completed by 2022 in a project to promote peace and & # 39; human brotherhood & # 39;
A daylight image of the complex in the capital of the UAE in which worshipers and visitors walk through the gardens
A UAE-led investigation to a large extent implied that Iran was to blame, a claim Washington agrees with, but Tehran denies.
The interfaith committee had its inaugural lecture earlier this month in New York.
The winning design for the Abrahamic Family House was by London-based architects Adjaye Associates.
The three religions are sometimes referred to as the Abrahamic religions because Abraham is considered an important figure in each of them.
Architect David Adjaye said: & I feel humble and honored that our design has been selected.
& # 39; I believe that architecture must work to anchor the kind of world we want to live in, a world of tolerance, openness and continuous progress.
& # 39; Built in the capital of the UAE, the space will be open to the world, and our hope is that through these buildings people of all religions and from all over society can learn and participate in a mission of peaceful coexistence for the coming generations. & # 39;
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