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Controversial 'Ground Zero Mosque' opens its doors to the public

Park51 community centre and mosque in New York had faced widespread opposition to its opening

Controversial 'Ground Zero Mosque' opens its doors to the public
Musicians play at the opening exhibition of photographer Danny Goldfield's ‘NYChildren’ project at the grand opening of the Park51 community centre and mosque on September 21, 2011 in New York City (Getty Images)
Controversial 'Ground Zero Mosque' opens its doors to the public
An NYPD officer keeps watch at the grand opening of the Park51 community centre and mosque on September 21, 2011 in New York City (Getty Images)
Controversial 'Ground Zero Mosque' opens its doors to the public
Park51 (originally named Cordoba House) is a 13-story Muslim community center to be located two blocks from the World Trade Centre site in Lower Manhattan. The majority of the centre will be open to the general public and its proponents have said the centre will promote interfaith dialogue (Getty Images)
Controversial 'Ground Zero Mosque' opens its doors to the public
Antonio Price (R) and Segia Andrade attend the opening exhibition of photographer Danny Goldfield's ‘NYChildren’ project (Getty Images)
Controversial 'Ground Zero Mosque' opens its doors to the public
Musicians tune their instruments in front of the opening exhibition of photographer Danny Goldfield's ‘NYChildren’ project at the grand opening of the Park51 community centre and mosque (Getty Images)
Controversial 'Ground Zero Mosque' opens its doors to the public
Visitors gather for the opening exhibition of photographer Danny Goldfield's ‘NYChildren’ project (Getty Images)
Controversial 'Ground Zero Mosque' opens its doors to the public
The controversial Park51 is located a few blocks from the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. Opponents have dubbed the property the 'Ground Zero Mosque' (Getty Images)
Controversial 'Ground Zero Mosque' opens its doors to the public
Sikh men gather in front of the opening exhibition of photographer Danny Goldfield's ‘NYChildren’ project at the grand opening of Park51 (Getty Images)
Controversial 'Ground Zero Mosque' opens its doors to the public
Visitors gather for the opening exhibition. Opponents have dubbed the property the 'Ground Zero Mosque' (Getty Images)