Algeria is building one of the world’s largest mosques which officials say will serve as a buffer against radical Islam and crown the legacy of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
The Djamaa El Djazair mosque is being built facing the picturesque bay of Algiers as part of a complex that will include a one-million book library, a Koranic school and a museum of Islamic art and history.
It will also have a 265m-high minaret (874 feet) – the world’s tallest – as well as a 20,000 square metres prayer hall capable of accommodating up to 120,000 worshippers. The complex will be located between a future tourist hotspot and working class districts that were once a bastion for Islamist extremists. Read more