Billion dollar mosque: Algeria splurges on record-breaking house of worship
Algeria could soon be the envy of the Muslim world given the news that the nation’s record breaking, ultramodern Great Mosque is nearing completion.
The Djamaa el Djazair, or Great Mosque of Algiers, has been under construction since 2011 and is being billed as the third largest mosque on the planet. The German-designed mosque also looks set to surpass neighbors Morocco with the tallest minaret in the world by nearly 200 feet, after years of project setbacks.
According to architectural news site Binyen, delays dogged the $1.5 billion project since the foundations were laid more than four years ago. However, a sudden increase in people working on the site – approximately 1,600 builders – reportedly means the project will be finished before the end of this year