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German couple go to court after ‘noisy’ mosque ruined their Turkey holiday

The court dismissed their claim saying that calls for prayers are anticipated in Turkey

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A German couple took to court to claim that a mosque ruined their vacation in Turkey with “noisy” calls for prayers.

The case was filed in the German city of Hannover, where the travel agent who organized their trip to Turkey was located, claiming they were not able to relax at the five-star Angora Beach Resort Hotel in the Turkish town of Doganbey on the Aegean coast.

The couple demanded half of their almost $3,200 all-inclusive package break, after claiming that the amplified Adhan (Muslim call to prayer) from a nearby mosque left them unable to relax, UK-based newspaper The Daily Mail reported on Friday.

The court dismissed their case, saying that the travel agent was not at fault. Additionally the couple should not have been surprised by hearing the amplified call to prayer due to the fact that their hotel was in the town center, the court added.

Authentic sounds

“The complainants should have taken this authentic sound into account while booking for the resort,’ the court said, according to German newspaper The Local. “The call to prayer is customary in Turkey and is comparable with church bells in a Christian country,” added.

The couple submitted another complaint with the court saying that an armrest was missing from their seat on the flight to Turkey, and that they had to endure a bumpy landing on their journey home.

The court also failed to see the couple’s point of view on the bumpy landing, stating that it was reasonable to expect “isolated cases of rough touch downs” while flying.