According to the newspaper Blick, the administration of the Swiss town Schaffhausen has given the go-ahead for the construction of a new mosque in the town.
Construction of the 12 metre high building, with a creche and separate rooms for men and women, will start this summer.
It is expected to cost CHF 1.5 million and will be funded by the turkish islamic association of Schaffhausen without foreign money, according to the newspaper.
The land belongs to Switzerland’s turkish islamic foundation and the imams who will preach there will be sent by Ankara, as is the case at some other turkish mosques in Switzerland, wrote the Blick.
63.5% of voters in the canton of Schaffhausen voted in favour of a nationwide ban on the construction of minarets in 2009 – this was a ban on the construction of minarets, not mosques.
Construction of the new mosque is expected to take a year and a half.