- Jan 2010
An Islamic cultural centre close to the site where New York's World Trade Center once stood has opened quietly in spite of scenes last year of vehement protests from those who said the area should not house a mosque.
'Ground Zero mosque' opens quietly Islamic cultural centre sparked debate last year for being planned near New York's World Trade Center site.
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2011 12:06
The opening ceremony for the Park51 centre on Wednesday featured a photo exhibit called "NYChildren", displaying over 160 portraits of immigrant children living in New York.
Sharif El-Gamal, the center's developer, said the biggest error on the project was not involving the families of 9/11 victims from the start.
"We made incredible mistakes," El-Gamal told The Associated Press in an earlier interview at his Manhattan office.
The building at 51 Park Place, two blocks from the World Trade Center site, includes a Muslim prayer space that has been open for two years.
The Islamic center sparked a national debate last year about the place of Islam among the numerous religions practised in the US.
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... and the world didn't end. Imagine that. :applouse: