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Algeria Inaugurates World’s Third-Largest Mosque

Algeria celebrated the grand opening of what has been acclaimed as “Africa’s largest mosque” and the third-largest mosque in the world. President Abdelmadjid Tebboune presided over the ceremony, officially revealing the Great Mosque of Algiers as the world’s third-largest mosque.

Djamaa El-Djazair – A Modernist Wonder

  • Known as Djamaa El-Djazair, this monumental structure is more than just a mosque; it’s an architectural marvel and a modernist wonder.
  • Featuring the tallest minaret ( A tall, thin tower) globally, standing at 265 meters, this structure has the capacity to host 120,000 worshippers.
  • Constructed over seven years on 27.75 hectares, adorned with intricate wood and marble detailing, it stands as a testament to Algeria’s architectural prowess.
  • Accessible to international tourists for five years, the mosque’s official inauguration marks the commencement of public prayers and events, particularly during Ramadan.
  • Despite its initial opening in October 2020, overshadowed by President Tebboune’s absence due to COVID-19, it’s now a symbol of faith and national pride.
  • The construction, overseen by a Chinese firm, incurred a staggering cost of $900 million.

Construction and Collaboration

  • Constructed over a decade, the Great Mosque of Algiers is a testament to international collaboration, with a Chinese construction firm and Frankfurt-based architects KSP Engel at the helm.
  • Despite challenges, the mosque’s completion signifies Algeria’s determination and ambition on the global stage.

Legacy and Controversy

  • Originally proposed by former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the mosque’s inauguration is a culmination of his vision for a monumental legacy akin to Morocco’s Mosque Hassan II.
  • However, Bouteflika’s tenure was marked by protests, delaying the project and inviting scrutiny over its location and alleged corruption.

A New Chapter

  • The inauguration of the Great Mosque of Algiers signifies a new chapter in Algeria’s history, symbolizing unity and devotion as the nation prepares to embrace Ramadan.
  • Despite challenges, the mosque stands as a testament to Algeria’s resilience and determination on the global stage.

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