Berlin Is Planning to Build a Combined Place of Worship for Jews, Christians, and Muslims

From left: Pastor Gregor Hohberg, Rabbi Tovia Ben-Chorin and Imam Kadir Sanci. Photo by House-of-one.org
From left: Pastor Gregor Hohberg, Rabbi Tovia Ben-Chorin and Imam Kadir Sanci. Photo by House-of-one.org

The world’s first combo church-synagogue-mosque, in which adherents of all three monotheistic faiths will worship under one roof, is being planned for Berlin, the Independent reports.

Known as the House of One, the project already has an architect – chosen by competition – and a site: Petriplatz in the heart of Berlin. A crowd-funding campaign to raise funds for the project was launched last week.

The estimated cost of the building is 43 million euros, but construction will begin once the first 10 million euros have been raised.

The project is the brainchild of three religious leaders: Gregor Hohberg, a Protestant pastor, Rabbi Tovia Ben-Chorin and Imam Kadir Sanci.

“Berlin is the city of the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall and the peaceful coexistence of believers from different faiths – they yearn to understand each other,” Hohberg told The Independent.

For Ben-Chorin, the House of One will be a place to heal old wounds without forgetting them. “Berlin is the city of wounds and miracles,” he said. “It is the city in which the extermination of the Jews was planned. Now, the first house in the world for three religions is to be built here.”

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SOURCE: Haaretz

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