Historic former mosque in northern Greece holds Eid prayers for first time in 100 years

A building originally erected for a community of Jewish converts to Islam in the Greek city of Thessaloniki held an Eid al-Fitr Prayers on Wednesday, abc News reported.

About 70 worshipers — a mix of visiting tourists from Turkey, members of Greece’s Muslim minority, overseas students studying in Thessaloniki and refugees who now call the northern Greek city home — attended the Eid prayers.

Built in 1902 by Italian architect Vitaliano Poselli, Yeni Cami, situated in a narrow street in the center of the city, stopped being used as a mosque in the 1920s.

The Greek population is overwhelmingly Orthodox Christian, with the Muslim community largely consisting of migrants and visitors, as well as a small Muslim minority in northeastern Greece.

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