Algeria: Africa's largest mosque inaugurated in Algiers after COVID delays

The Great Mosque of Algiers was inaugurated on Wednesday with a prayer ceremony attended by Prime Minister of Algeria Abdelaziz Djerad and several ambassadors. Although the mosque was completed last year, it was closed until now because of the pandemic. The mosque, also known as Djamaa El-Djazair, is the world's third-biggest after the Grand Mosque in Mecca and the Prophet's Mosque in Medina. It is also Africa's largest mosque, with capacity to welcome roughly 120,000 worshipers in its prayer hall, and the world's tallest, with its minaret soaring 267 metres (875 feet) above the ground. «This mosque also symbolises the culture of the Algerian people and the religion of the Algerian people,» said Mourad Sabour, a religion teacher who attended the first collective prayer. Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune was absent from inauguration, as he is in a hospital in Germany.

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