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    Posted: Jun 24 2014 at 10:33am
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Berlin Has a Radical Plan That Could Change the Way We Think About Religion

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The news: In what may be the first time in recorded history, Christians, Jews and Muslims may soon all be praying under the same roof. Berlin recently announced the winner of an architecture competition to design what they're calling the House of One, a house of worship designed to accommodate the three major Abrahamic faiths.

Architect Wilfried Kuehn and his team won the competition with their design of a tall, centered tower and four-part structure. The building is planned to occupy a prominent site, Petriplatz, in the center of Berlin.

Here's what it might look like:

Kuehn and his model. Image Credit: Getty

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Kuehn told the BBC that each of the individual spaces will be designed for the "particularities of each faith." That means two levels in the mosque and synagogue, an organ in the church and places for washing feet in the mosque. Kuehn also noted that designing the space made him realize the architectural similarities among the three faiths:

"What's interesting is that when you go back a long time, they share a lot of architectural typologies. They are not so different. It's not necessary for instance for a mosque to have a minaret — it's only a possibility and not a necessity. And a church doesn't need a tower. This is about going back to the origins when these three faiths were close and shared a lot architecturally."

The location has history: The location where the structure might be constructed is the former site of St. Petri's Church, the first church ever constructed in Berlin in the 12th century. Damaged by World War II and the Battle of Berlin, East German authorities demolished its remains in the postwar period. Six years ago, archaeologists recovered the remains of an ancient burial site from beneath the church's foundations, spurring the modern push to redevelop the site.

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Since then, the space has mostly sat as a dirty lot. Seeing the space unused, Rabbi Tovia Ben-Chorin, Imam Kadir Sanci and Pastor Gregor Hohberg took it upon themselves to utilize the space and, in doing so, developed their House of One project.

Rabbi Ben-Chorin told the Local that "the basic idea behind House of One is to bring people together who know little about each other. Ignorance is often the basis of rejection."

"The aim of our construction is to consciously promote non-violent and open dialogue between different religions and cultures," added Imam Sanci. "Everyone is welcome and invited to discover previously unknown aspects of other religions."


How you can help: The project will be crowd-funded by believers, who can purchase a single brick to be laid in the building for 10 euros. They have a lot of work to do — they've currently raised less than 1% of the needed total of €43,500,000, or around $59,170,000. Construction will commence once the project garners €10,000,000 in funding, which could be possible in 2016.


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been hearing about it for years...and now its starting... Lawd...
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Awesome hopefully it will start a trend! One GOD! one MIND! ONE Humanity!
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It's a beautiful idea. But I can't help but think that folks still gonna find ways to kill each other in there
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Interesting......I like how the rooms for each religion are similar sizes, not one bigger than the other, because that alone could start World War III.
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good, keep them all together.
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LOL wonder

ETA:  Sounds like it will be a beautiful building.  The architect has to make each space individually stunning and make the center meeting place spectacular.  Should be nice. 


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That's impossible

Originally posted by naturesgift naturesgift wrote:

Awesome hopefully it will start a trend! One GOD! one MIND! ONE Humanity!
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Originally posted by Lady ICE Lady ICE wrote:

been hearing about it for years...and now its starting... Lawd...


Is this somehow a bad thing?

The only downside I can see is that they'd need to have a good parking lot. Friday night prayers and shabbat services at the same time might be an issue...well unless the jews are orthodox then it won't matter. Then again, people in Berlin probably walk/bike a lot anyway.

And sharing the  community space could be an issue since they all share holy days/holidays.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote india100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun 24 2014 at 1:13pm
Only if i can ride in the Popemobil . Disapprove
The Popemobile:  Pope Benedict XVI arrives in his white Popemobile at the Olympiastadion stadium while waving to  70,000 people before giving his Catholic mass in Berlin

 


 
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