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Taking worship to new heights

a one-of-a-kind, US\$1.5 billion project is rising in the capital of Algeria

A one-of-a-kind, US$1.5 billion project is rising in the capital of Algeria. When completed in 2016, the Grand Mosque of Algiers will be Africa's largest mosque and the world's third biggest.

“It's one of the projects of the century,” Ouarda Youcef Khodja, a senior government official, told the BBC in January during a visit to the site.

With space for 120,000 worshippers, the modern mega-mosque will feature a cultural center, library, amphitheater, museum, research center and a school of Koranic studies with student residences. Its minaret will soar to 869 feet (265 meters)— nearly as tall as the Eiffel Tower.


But the initiative, which launched in 2011, is already more than a year behind schedule. Initially a task for Algeria's Ministry of Religious Affairs and Endowments, the sprawling project has been transferred to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning.

In addition to the building's height, project challenges have included the area's high risk for earthquakes, designing a building that combines tradition with modernity and balancing the expected crowds with potential security threats.
—Imani Mixon

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