Geelong's historic mosque reopens two years after deliberately-lit fire

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The centre of worship for Geelong's Muslim population has been re-built in the bluestone shell of an old Uniting Church.

When Geelong's mosque was destroyed in an arson attack two years ago - leaving only the outer bluestone walls standing - leaders of all faith rallied.

Church halls were offered to the five hundred Muslim families in the region left without a place to worship.

Now the mosque has been re-built in a million-dollar renovation.

The fire in 2016 was linked to a series of arson attacks on churches in Geelong.
The fire in 2016 was linked to a series of arson attacks on churches in Geelong.
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The heritage-listed building has an eventful history. Originally a Uniting church, it was moved from Geelong West in the 1940s to this stae and re-built stone-by-stone.

Then, 25 years ago, it underwent another transformation when it was bought by the local Islamic society for use as a mosque. 

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