Tablighi Jamaat, the Islamic missionary group, has announced plans to build a mosque next door to the new Olympic stadium. The London Markaz will be the biggest house of worship in the United Kingdom: it will hold 70,000 people – only 10,000 fewer than the Olympic stadium, and 67,000 more than the largest Christian facility (Liverpool’s Anglican cathedral).
Photo of the East London Mosque courtesy of WikiMedia
Emphasis mine. While Powerline and Mark Steyn are concerned w/ the Islamic implications of this, I can’t help being hung up on the numbers. A group of Islamic missionaries is building a mosque to hold 70,000 when the largest church in England only holds 3000. How many people do you think are in attendance at that church every week?
UPDATE: The Times article makes another interesting addition to the story:
The east London complex would have by far the largest capacity of any religious building in Britain. The biggest at present is the Baitul Futuh in Morden, Surrey, which holds about 10,000 worshippers. Liverpool’s Anglican cathedral, the largest Christian place of worship, has a capacity of 3,000.
(From the AliIslam site)
It is of note to me that the largest house of worship in Britain, even before the construction of this mosque, dwarfs the largest house of Christian worship.