Oldest Mosque in Montreal Adds First Minaret to City Skyline

February 1, 2004

Source: Montreal Gazette

http://www.canada.com/montreal/montrealgazette/story.asp?id=0CCC7C71-64D 9-4567-ADB5-9CB22E572423

On February 1, 2004 the Montreal Gazette reported, "The first minaret on Montreal's skyline is going up in an unlikely corner of the city - close to the high-tech businesses in St. Laurent's industrial park. The 105-foot minaret, expected to be completed this spring, is being added to the Islamic Centre of Quebec Mosque, the oldest mosque in the city...Partly completed, its distinctive crescent points the way to Mecca, toward which Muslims bow as they pray. Mosque officials say the expansion, designed by Quebec architect Pierre Desjardins, will blend Middle Eastern mosque motifs with Quebec architectural traditions, reflecting how Islam is now rooted in Quebec."