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Algeria Opens Largest Mosque in Africa

This project was initiated under the presidency of Abdelaziz Bouteflika, whose tenure ended in 2019 amidst widespread protests against his attempt to secure a fifth term in office.

President Abdelmadjid Tebboune of Algeria inaugurated The Great Mosque of Algiers this past Sunday, marking the completion of the largest mosque in Africa and positioning it as the third-largest in the world.

This architectural marvel surpasses all but the sacred mosques in the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia, underscoring its monumental significance.

Spanning an impressive 70 acres (approximately 28 hectares), The Great Mosque of Algiers is designed to simultaneously accommodate up to 120,000 worshippers, showcasing its capacity to host vast congregations. One of the mosque’s standout features is its minaret, which soars into the sky, making it the world’s tallest.

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This towering structure serves a vital religious function, projecting the Muslim call to prayer across the city and beyond, signaling prayer times to the faithful.

The construction of this colossal mosque was an ambitious project that spanned seven years, reflecting a significant investment of over $800 million. Such a grand undertaking highlights the mosque’s architectural and religious importance and represents a considerable economic commitment.

As the Islamic holy month of Ramadan approaches in just two weeks, the mosque is poised to host prayers, becoming a focal point for spiritual gatherings and religious observance. Its opening ahead of Ramadan is timely, offering a new place of worship and reflection for the Muslim community during one of the most sacred times of the year.

This magnificent project was initiated under the presidency of Abdelaziz Bouteflika, whose tenure ended in 2019 amidst widespread protests against his attempt to secure a fifth term in office.

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Despite the political turmoil that marked the end of Bouteflika’s presidency, the completion of The Great Mosque of Algiers is a testament to his vision for a monumental structure that not only dominates the landscape but also serves as a spiritual hub for the nation and the continent.

The inauguration of The Great Mosque of Algiers by President Tebboune symbolizes a new chapter in Algeria’s rich cultural and religious heritage. It is a beacon of Islamic faith and architectural grandeur, inviting worshippers and admirers worldwide to witness its splendor.

With its unparalleled size and beauty, this mosque is expected to play a pivotal role in Algeria’s religious, cultural, and social life, enriching the Muslim community’s spiritual experience for generations to come.

SourceBBC

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