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The Grand Mosque of Algiers can hold 120,000 worshippers. (Photo: AP)

Algeria unveils Africa’s largest mosque

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Algeria unveiled the Grand Mosque of Algiers on Sunday. It is the third-largest mosque in the world and the biggest one in Africa.

Locally known as the Djamaa El-Djazair, the modern structure spans 27.75 hectares (almost 70 acres), making it smaller only than the two mosques in Mecca and Medina, the holiest sites in Islam located in Saudi Arabia.

Additionally, it features the world’s tallest minaret at 267 meters (875 feet), equipped with elevators and a viewing platform offering panoramic views of the capital and the Bay of Algiers.

The Grand Mosque of Algiers is seen in Algiers. (Photo: AP)


Inside the mosque, the décor follows an Andalusian style, adorned with wood, marble, and alabaster.

Algerian President Abdelmajid Tebboune inaugurated the mosque.

The construction of this mega-project required over 800 million U.S. dollars and spanned seven years.

(Story compiled with assistance from wire reports)

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