ALGIERS-President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Tuesday inaugurated the headquarters of Zawiya Belkaidia in Tixeraine and inspected the Grand Mosque of Algiers project in the commune of Mohammadia.
President Bouteflika was accompanied by Minister of Religious Affairs Mohamed Aissa, Minister of Interior, Local Authorities and National Planning Noureddine Bedoui, and Minister of Housing, Urban Planning and the City Abdelwahid Temmar.
At the new Zawiya Belkaidia, the Head of State was warmly welcomed with baroud and youyous. On the spot, he attended, alongside the Sheikh of Zawiya Belkaidia Abdelatif Belkaid, a recitation of Quran verses and religious "madihs" (prophetic panegyric) performed by the sheikhs and students of the Zawiya.
After reciting the Fatiha of the Holy Quran, President Bouteflika prayed inside the Zawiya before attending a video projection that highlighted the various implementation stages of this edifice.
This place of worship, erected over a surface area of five hectares, comprises a 300-seat Quran teaching school as well as a library of 1,200m2. The prayer room, which can accommodate more than 3,300 worshipers, is one of the many buildings of this Zawiya.
The Head of State then headed to the Grand Mosque of Algiers site where he inquired about the progress of the works of this religious, scientific and cultural edifice.
Built on an area measuring 27 hectares, the Grand Mosque of Algiers has a prayer room covering an area of 20,000 m², a minaret 267 metres long (the longest worldwide), a library, a cultural centre, a Quran teaching schools, gardens, a parking, administrative buildings, police and civil protection stations as well as catering facilities.
The Grand Mosque of Algiers is the largest in Africa and the third largest mosque after the two Holy Places, namely Masjid Al-Haram and Masjid al-Nabawi.
In addition to the prayer room that can accommodate 120,000 worshipers, the mosque houses an Islamic art and history museum as well as a study centre on the history of Algeria.
Entrusted to Chinese company "CSCEC" in early 2012, the project is at a very advanced implementation stage and will be delivered in late 2018.
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 16:42