" We thought it worth building a mosque in the historic district of Havana architecture of Europe , " said Yuksel Sezgin , TDV delegation , as reported onislam.net , Monday ( 28/4 ) .
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Since a long time , this foundation helps Muslims interested Cuba has a mosque . New this year , the interest is realized . Later , from the realization that embodied the mosque would resemble Ortakoy Mosque in Istanbul .
The design of the mosque was considered appropriate to its position in the old city of Havana . The mosque has a capacity of 500 worshipers with an area of 32 thousand square meters .
Previously , Muslim mosques Cuba does not have a representative . Most Muslims pray at each one . Special Friday prayers , they take advantage of the living room Muslim community leader , Pedro Lazo Torre .
Luis Mesa Delmonte , a professor of Middle East studies in Cuba , said that permitting the construction of the mosque has received the blessing of President of Cuba , Raul Castro . " The Cuban government has approved the plan a few years ago , but the difficult economic conditions facing the realization , " he said .