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Fort York (neighbourhood)

Fort York known as Garrison, is a neighbourhood in Toronto, Canada, located west of Downtown Toronto, north of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, east of Exhibition Place along the shores of Lake Ontario. While it is home to Fort York, a National Historic Site, it contains several mid and high-rise condominium buildings built during the 21st century; the neighbourhood area consists of the former industrial lands east and south of Fort York, a fort since 1793, designated a National Historic Sites of Canada in 1923. The current Fort York Armoury was built in 1933, still houses several units of the Canadian Forces; the neighbourhood is one of Toronto's most and cultural sensitive areas, was the location of the lakeside Toronto Molson brewery before it was demolished in 2006. The Fort York Neighbourhood Public Realm Plan is the next step in the planning and design for the Fort York Neighbourhood; the area's redevelopment plan was finalized in 2005, establishes guidelines for an overall vision of the emerging neighbourhood.

It set out the location of public spaces, density and built form so that the area's streetscapes, open spaces and pedestrian areas are interconnected with private development. A 38-storey residential tower and 7- to 12-storey podium building was constructed in 2005 at the west end of the neighbourhood, at the corner of Fleet Street Fort York Boulevard; this was the first element of the planned redevelopment of the site into a mixed-use community, including 12 residential towers, podium buildings and stacked townhouses, with grade-level retail and commercial uses. The neighbourhood will house an estimated 6000 units within the area north of Lake Shore Boulevard, south of Fort York Boulevard between Strachan Avenue and Dan Leckie Way, it has been the site of a lot of row house development. The area is located close to the Entertainment districts. Significant high-rise development has taken place within the Fort York Neighbourhood, south of the Gardiner Expressway between Fort York Blvd. and Fleet Street.

Some of the main roads in the neighbourhood are: Bathurst Street Fleet Street Lake Shore Boulevard Fort York Boulevard Gardiner ExpresswayThe Bentway is a unique and innovative public space that transforms 1.75km underneath Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway into a new gathering place for our city’s growing population. The initial phase – from Strachan Avenue to Bathurst Street – knits together seven local neighbourhoods with over 70,000 residents, becoming a gateway to the waterfront, while providing access to important attractions and destinations – from Fort York National Historic Site, Ontario Place and Exhibition Place to Harbourfront Centre and the CN Tower; the Bentway offers year-round activities and events, including gardens, a skate trail, recreational amenities, public markets, public art, special exhibitions, festivals and musical performances, more. The Harbourfront is served by the 509 Harbourfront streetcar, which operates between Union and Exhibition Place running along a private right-of-way on Queens Quay west to Bathurst and along Fleet Street.

Between September 2007 and March 2008, the Fleet Street portion of Route 509 was converted to a ROW. Streetcar track and overhead power line were installed at the Fleet loop, located at the Fleet Street Lighthouse. A wharf was located south of the fort, reached via Bathurst Street in the 19th Century located near the mouth of Garrison Creek, it first appeared in the 1830s and rebuilt 8 times before it was filled in by 1917. The wharf was named for Queen Victoria and now site of condo towers near the corner of Bathurst Street and Fleet Street; the Fleet Street Lighthouse or Queen's Wharf Lighthouse was once located at this wharf. Fort York Fort York Armoury http://www.toronto.ca/auda/2005_5_honourable_visions_fortyork.htm

Abu Dulaf Mosque

Abu Dulaf Mosque is a historic mosque located 15 kilometres north of Samarra in the Saladin Governorate, Iraq. The mosque was commissioned by the 10th Abbasid Caliph Al-Mutawakkil in 859; the mosque is rectangular shaped, consisted of the open air sahn surrounded by the corridors with the qibla corridor being the biggest of them. The mosque is among the largest mosques in the world measured by area size, reaching 46,800 square metres wide; the iconic spiral minaret which resembles the renowned Malwiya of the Great Mosque of Samarra is located at the northern side. The unique design of the minaret is said to be inspired by the similar structure in Firuzabad; the minaret reaches standing on a square base. Islam in Iraq List of mosques in Iraq