THE GREAT MOSQUE OF ROME
The Great Mosque of Rome is located in the north of the city, at the base mount of the Parioli, in the area of â€‹â€‹Acqua Acetosa and is branch to the Islamic Cultural Center of Italy. It is the largest in Europe (stands on 30,000 mÂ² of land and can accommodate thousands of devoted), and provides not only a point of aggregation and reference in the religious field, but also cultural and social services variously connected to belonging to the Islamic faith: wedding celebration, funeral assistance, exegesis, conferences, and much more.
How to get there: from Termini station take Metro A towards Battistini and get off at Flaminio (fourth stop); at the Roma-Viterbo railway station in Flaminio square take the urban train to Montebello for three stops (stop on request) and get off at the sports fields, which are located 100 meters from the mosque.
Visiting hours of the Grand-Mosque: Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 9 a.m to 12 noon. Visits are suspended during the Holy Month of Ramadan, during Muslim religious holidays, during Italian holidays and, usually, in the month of August. For groups it is necessary to book, preferably in advance.
For all Visitors are requested to wear clothing appropriate to the place of worship and to always maintain a respectful behavior of the same and of the people who frequent it, the kind Visitors are requested to bring with them a head-covering, necessary to visit the complex of the Islamic Center Cultur of Italy and the Great Mosque.
It is advisable to wear comfortable shoes, whereas to enter the prayer room you need to take of your shoes.
Inaugurated in 1995, the Great Mosque of Rome became a very important reference point for Muslims in the capital city, as well as being the most prestigious and active Islamic center for Muslims throughout Italy and also the largest mosque in Europe, capable to host a very large number of believers. The mosque of Rome not only represents, on Friday and during Ramadan, the meeting point of the believers who pray and attend the preaching of the imam, but it is the place where conversions are accepted, it is possible to get married according to the Islamic ritual, funerals are celebrated. The certificates issued by the Islamic Cultural Center of Italy are recognized by Muslim countries.
The Great Mosque sees, on the main holidays, like the Feast of the Sacrifice, a flow of about 30,000 - 40,000 devoted, while visitors (tourists, groups, students, personalities from the political and institutional world, official delegations, religious delegations of others cults) border on the number of 2500 every month. The Islamic Center also includes a library, an Arabic language school, a congress center and actively collaborates with numerous academic and cultural realities, both Italian and foreign. The only Muslim institution to be officially recognized by the Italian Republic as having legal personality, over time it has perfectly integrated into the Roman and Italian fabric, becoming, together with other religious institutions, an essential principle in the dialogue between different faiths, with the aim of promoting peace and concord.