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Xenophobes mistake church for mosque

The Local · 18 Dec 2015, 09:58

Published: 18 Dec 2015 09:58 GMT+01:00

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The world-famous St Charles Church - or Karlskirche - in the Austrian capital Vienna is regarded as the city's most famous baroque church.

But a campaign to have the building which was completed in 1737 pulled down was launched after a story appeared in satirical Austrian newspaper Die Tagespresse claiming that anti-immigration Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) chairman Heinz-Christian Strache wanted the Karlsplatz "Mosque" pulled down.

From there it became a campaign on social media, with numerous groups starting to back the campaign to have the mosque pulled down, even though it is not a mosque at all - but a Catholic Church.

The similarity to a mosque was apparently because the architect of the time, Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, had modelled his design on the Hagia Sophia, a former Christian church that later became a mosque in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

A Facebook post, calling for mosques "to be left in Istanbul".

Ironically the original satirical posting was made five months ago, but it has only now gone viral on social media.

One user wrote: "This building should simply be eradicated and it just doesn't belong in our culture. Who's building such crap in our society?

Others demanded to know whose money had been used to build the mosque.

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And yet another demanded that it be pulled down so that a decent church can be built in its place.

Story courtesy of Central European News.

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