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Mosque and Church Open on the Same Day

Date: 29.07.2006
For a fourth year now the people in the village of Lovets, Targovishte region, northeastern Bulgaria have been building two temples simultaneously - a church and a mosque, mayor Dimitar Aleksiev says. The old mosque burnt to the ground six years ago and there has never been a Christian church in the village before. The new Orthodox church's patron will be St Dimitar. The mayor says that once there were only Turks living in the village. The first Bulgarians settled in the 1925 and now the Christians are one-third of the 500 villagers. So far 60 thousand levs (about 30 thousand euro) have been invested in the construction of the mosque and 15 thousand more are needed to erect the minaret. Turkish and Arab businessmen donate for the mosque construction. Charity raises funds for the church construction as well. The money the church would need to be completed is also sixty thousand levs. Both the mosque and the church will open at the same time, the mayor says.
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