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Mosques around Germany opened their doors to non-Muslims on Tuesday to dispel common myths and stereotypes about Islam.

Nearly 900 mosques across Germany took part in "Open Mosque Day", an annual event organized by Islamic associations in the country since 1997.

Dr. Zekeriya Altug from the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB), one of Germany's largest Muslim groups, said Germans are showing strong interest in the event.

"By opening our doors to the public, we want to show that we are transparent, we are open to dialogue, and we are also part of this society," he told Anadolu Agency during a tour of Cologne's Central Mosque.


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