INTRODUCTION: In Italy, the city council of Rome has finally approved plans for a mosque to be built in the capital.
ROME, ITALY (VISNEWS - ROLANDO FERRARIO)
GV EXTERIOR Islamic Centre in Rome
CU Plaque on outside wall
INTERIOR Faithful at prayer
GV Mullah reciting PAN TO congregation
SV Poster PULL BACK TO GV TILT DOWN TO mosque
SVs Details of model. (2 SHOTS)
SV Model of minaret PAN TO draughtsman at work
SV EXTERIOR Monte Pariolo site for mosque
SV Site PAN ALONG empty terrain
Background: INTRODUCTION: In Italy, the city council of Rome has finally approved plans for a mosque to be built in the capital. The approval came after eight years of controversy.
SYNOPSIS: This is where the project has been nurtured -- the Islamic Centre in Rome. The Italian government had given the go-ahead for the scheme in 1973, when the late King Faisal of Saudi Arabia was on a state visit.
The numbers of Moslems is unknown in this country where 90 per cent of the people profess to the Roman Catholic faith. Their hopes for the mosque were thwarted by residents of the Monte Parioli district, where the mosque and its complex of administrative buildings were to be built. A model of the complex has been on display at the Islamic Centre for some time. The cost has been estimated at 25 million dollars, with several Arab countries providing the money. No details have been offered of the increase in construction costs since the scheme was first mooted.
Local Moslems have welcomed the city council's decision for the go-ahead. They say it is a reward for the patience of Moslems, who've endured many setbacks over the past eight years.
The site is in verdant and undulating terrain at Monte Pariolo. The model shows that the project has been carefully landscaped to retain as much as possible of the natural charm of the surroundings. One man-made feature, the minaret of the mosque, will add a grace note to the view.
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