Call to Islamic prayer in London’s Trafalgar Square at vigil for Christchurch mosque attack victims

Trafalgar Square (/trəˈfælɡər/ trə-FAL-gər) is a public square in the City of WestminsterCentral London, built around the area formerly known as Charing Cross. Its name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, a British naval victory in the Napoleonic Wars with France and Spain that took place on 21 October 1805 off the coast of Cape Trafalgar.

The site of Trafalgar Square had been a significant landmark since the 13th century and originally contained the King’s Mews. After George IV moved the mews to Buckingham Palace, the area was redeveloped by John Nash, but progress was slow after his death, and the square did not open until 1844. The 169-foot (52 m) Nelson’s Column at its centre is guarded by four lion statues. A number of commemorative statues and sculptures occupy the square, but the Fourth Plinth, left empty since 1840, has been host to contemporary art since 1999.

The square has been used for community gatherings and political demonstrations, including Bloody Sunday in 1887, the culmination of the first Aldermaston March, anti-war protests, and campaigns against climate change. A Christmas tree has been donated to the square by Norway since 1947 and is erected for twelve days before and after Christmas Day. The square is a centre of annual celebrations on New Year’s Eve. It was well known for its feral pigeons until their removals in the early 21st century.

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2 replies

  1. Don’t enforce Muslim activities and beliefs on our western culture .many Muslim people don’t want to integrate into western lifestyle but want us to now to their supposedly superior ways.

    • Even if you would listen to the Islamic call to prayers there is absolutely no ‘force’ in it. You may like the call or not, all up to you. The Qur’an says: ‘There is no compulsion in religion’.

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