Mosques in Germany
There are around 2,600 Islamic prayer rooms in Germany. The majority are simple apartments or factory floors which serve as prayer rooms.
There are an estimated 150 mosques in Germany. The oldest was built in 1914 near Berlin. The biggest – offering space for 1,200 people – was inaugurated in October 2008 in Duisburg.
Currently another 180 mosques are under construction or in the planning stage. This includes the disputed central mosque in Cologne, which will offer room for 2,000 worshippers.
There are some 2,250 imams in Germany (ca. 1,250 are employed full-time). 90 percent of them come from Turkey. 500 imams currently working in Germany from Turkey have been sent there by the Turkish government.