A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity, along with other students of Loyola, to visit the Mosque of Rome and it was a fascinating experience.
The mosque, designed by architect Paolo Portuguese, began being built in 1984, but the project was only finished in the mid-90’s. The building has a modern design, which differs from the classic shape of traditional mosques in the Middle East. The tour guide who welcomed us was of Moroccan origin and explained to us that the mosque also houses the Islamic Center of Rome. When we stepped inside, after a brief explanation, the tour guide showed us how Muslims pray and what the Arabic words in the prayers mean.
This was an incredibly enriching experience for students and we’re fortunate that the Loyola staff organizes this trip regularly each year!