British architect David Adjaye to build a church, mosque and synagogue on a united site near the Louvre Abu Dhabi

The Abrahamic Family House, by Adjaye Associates, will consist of a church, synagogue, mosque and visitor pavilion Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

Louvre Abu Dhabi is due to have a new neighbour on Saadiyat Island, the Abrahamic Family House, consisting of a church, a synagogue and a mosque resting on a secular visitor pavilion. The British architecture firm Adjaye Associates has won the design competition with three rectangular buildings, each with different, soaring, external cagework symbolising the three religions differing but similar striving towards the one God they worship. Besides their monotheism, all three share Abraham as a key figure: the Jews because he was the man to whom God pledged the promised land; the Christians and Muslims because the story of the sacrifice of Abraham and Isaac is a symbol of obedience to God. A rabbi has been appointed from New York University Abu Dhabi for the synagogue and the church and mosque will have their own clerics.

The commissioning body is the Higher Committee for Human Fraternity, set up after Pope Francis and Ahmed Al Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al Azhar University in Cairo—the closest to an ultimate authority for Sunni Muslims—signed the Document of Human Fraternity in February this year. Pope Francis was presented with the designs at the Vatican early November.

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