ALGIERS – The Nigerien Minister of the Interior, Alkache Alhada, on Tuesday, paid a visit to the Great Mosque of Algiers, this multifunctional architectural and religious masterpiece, erected in the heart of the bay of Algiers.
Accompanied by the Minister of the Interior, Local Assemblies and National Planning, Kamel Beldjoud, and the Governor of Algiers, Youcef Charfa, Mr. Alkache crisscrossed the various spaces, in particular the great minaret, and received explanations on the missions and operation of this building.
He also visited the prayer room where he performed the salutation prayer of the mosque (Tahiyat El Massdjid).
“The Great Mosque constitutes an extraordinary tool which will make it possible to explain to the rest of the world what Islam really is. A religion of peace and love and not of violence”, the Nigerien minister told the press, at the end of the visit, adding that “the influence of this civilizational center will go beyond the continental level to reach the world one”.
Erected in the heart of the capital on the territory of the commune of Mohammadia, the Great Mosque of Algiers, is classified the largest in Africa and the third largest in the world after Masdjid Al-Haram of Mecca and Masdjid Al-Nabawi of Medina.
It has, among others, a prayer room of 20,000 m2 that can accommodate up to 120,000 faithful, a minaret over 265 meters in length, a cultural center, a Koran house “Dar El Qoran” , a media library, a video library, a film library, two amphitheatres, projection spaces, art workshops and a computer center.
It has a seismic system installed at the bottom of the building to absorb up to 70% of the power of the tremors.
Noting that this visit is part of the works of the 7th session of the Algerian-Nigerian bilateral border committee.