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Obama Has Visited Several Mosques And They're Quite Pretty

He's been to a few and they're quite lovely.

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President Obama on Wednesday ventured east to visit the Islamic Society of Baltimore, his first trip to a U.S. mosque in his seven years in the White House.

The key words in that last sentence are "U.S." and "in the White House" — he has definitely been to mosques before he became president (for reasons having nothing to do with being a secret Muslim) and several outside the country since then.

The visit was part of a trip Obama took early in his presidency to help repair ties between the United States and the Muslim world following his inauguration.

Accompanied by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Obama viewed the mosque ahead of a speech at Cairo University where he promised a "New Beginning" in relations with Muslims around the world.

Built in the 14th century, the Sultan Hassan Mosque is one of the largest in the Islamic world and clearly extremely lovely, both in architecture and interior design.

That trip must of seemed quite familiar: In his autobiography, Dreams of My Father, Obama talked about his childhood in Indonesia, where he attended both Catholic and Muslim schools and frequently heard the sound of the call to prayer.

Hayes Brown is a world news editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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