There is not a single mosque in Athens.
“There is no place in Athens that is legal. Not one. So yeah, we do our prayers in a garage.”
What would you do if you and your community had to go underground – literally – to find a place to pray?
An estimated 300,000 Muslims live in Athens. But because of the Greek Orthodox Church’s influence and growing anti-immigrant sentiment, it is the only European capital without an official mosque.
As the far-right Golden Dawn party has gained currency since the 2008 financial crisis, Muslim immigrants have been attacked and murdered, and unofficial mosques have been targeted. With so much hatred in the air, will an official mosque ever be built?
Here’s the full story on the perils of being Muslim in modern Athens: