Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Building site for a euro lease

The Berlin Senate is letting the foundation the building plot for the House of One for a symbolic Euro over 99 years in hereditary building lease.

It was with great pleasure that the decision of the Berlin Senate was received of the House of One-Team this Tuesday. "For all of us who have been working on the project for years, this is a further important step towards the realization of the House of One," said Rabbi Andreas Nachama, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. "With gratitude and joy we take note of the wonderful news, especially the commitment of the Governing Mayor to this groundbreaking peace project. We are looking forward to being able to advance the House of One together with Michael Müller in the future Board of Trustees.

Imam Kadir Sanci, with Nachama on the board of the foundation, adds: "Berlin is growing into a capital of tolerance. I see this decision as a renewed confirmation that the city is the right home for our project of understanding, not only between religions but also with secular society".

Senator for Culture, Klaus Lederer, who supported the House of One from the beginning of his term of office, said after the decision: "With this resolution the Senate appreciates the great importance of the House of One. It will stand as a worldwide role model for tolerance, openness, successful dialogue and constructive coexistence of religions in a plural city". Already today, the House of One is carrying out important communication work in Berlin.


Laying of foundation stone in 2020


On Petriplatz in Berlin Mitte, three Berlin communities - one Jewish, one Christian and one Muslim - are planning a sacred building with a synagogue, a church and a mosque under one roof as well as a central space for meeting all other religious and non-religious people. In Berlin, where once through the friendship of Lessing and Moses Mendelssohn religious emancipation and enlightenment became a European project, where in 1989 the "Iron Curtain" fell through the power of words and the power of non-violent resistance, the House of One will be a place where the coexistence of religions is lived peacefully, with great openness and in appreciation of the shift.

The laying of the foundation stone is planned for 14 April 2020, the anniversary of the world premiere of Lessing's "Nathan the Wise". In January, the temporary event pavilion of the House of One on Petriplatz was dismantled. In the coming weeks, the archaeologists will be investigating a number of undeveloped spots on the site before the preparatory work for the construction of the building, which will be built on the foundations of the historic Petri Church, begins.

According to current planning, the construction costs amount to 43.5 million euros. In November last year, the federal government approved 10 million euros for this purpose, and the Berlin Senate agreed to the same amount being allocated in February of this year. People from all over the world have so far donated 9.2 million euros, many of them by buying a symbolic stone worth 10 euros.