Wednesday, 20 July 2011
Dutch project developer Bouwfonds has lodged an objection to the name of a new square in the city of Utrecht. It's worried that its new houses in Mosque Square (Moskeeplein) will sell for less than normal. The square's name derives from its location next to an impressive new mosque.

This is not the first street name to cause controversy in the Netherlands. There are, for instance, four streets called 'minaret' including Minaretdreef (Minaret Drive) in Utrecht.

The Netherlands also has twelve Synagogue streets (Synagogestraat). Then there are, of course, all the traditional kerkstraten (church streets) and kerkpleinen (church squares).
Source: Radio Netherlands




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