Algiers Great Mosque among world best architecture designs in 2021
The Great Mosque of Algiers has won the annual award of the "Chicago Athenaeum" and named among the world best architecture designs in the year 2021.
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Built on an area of nearly 30 hectares, the Great Mosque of Algiers is distinguished by its minaret, the tallest in the world, 267 meters long and its prayer room that can accommodate up to 120,000 worshippers.
It is the largest mosque in Africa and the third in the world after the Grand Mosque in Mecca and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina.
The engineering design of Algiers Mosque has adopted anti-seismic standards, with its ability to absorb 70 percent of the earthquake’s intensity.
The Mosque of Algiers also hosts a “House of the Qur’an” with a capacity of 1,500 seats directed to Algerian and foreign students for post-graduation, in Islamic sciences and humanities.
The mosque also includes other buildings, such as a cultural center that includes an exhibition hall and a library that accommodates a million books, as well as a space for helicopters and a car park that can accommodate 4,000 cars, built on a two-storey level, in addition to a large yard surrounded by gardens and basins.
The US Embassy offered its “sincere congratulations” to Algeria for winning this international award, which is one of the awards granted by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum, similar to the American Award for Architecture and Green Design, among others, with the aim of “improving knowledge and public awareness of architecture and design.”