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Algeria inaugurates mosque with world’s tallest minaret

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Algeria has finally inaugurated Africa’s largest mosque featuring world’s tallest minaret after years of delay.

The mosque with a minariet standing at 265 metres (869 feet) is being inaugurated ahead of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

Known as Djamaa El Djazair, the mosque reportedly cost close to $900m to build and was constructed by a Chinese firm.

The mosque is the the third largest in the world after the holiest sites in Makkah and Madinah and the largest in Africa.

It is located in the al-Mohammadiya area of Algiers and extends to an area of 200,000 square meters. The area of the prayer halls alone will be about 215,000 square feet.

The Great Mosque will also have a library, a conference center, a house of Quran, a museum and a research center.

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