The Great Mosque of Algiers, the third largest in the world and the most monumental in Africa, was inaugurated this Wednesday evening (28 October) with a first collective prayer, a year and a half after its construction was completed.
An emblematic megaproject of the ousted President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, driven out of power by the streets in April 2019, the grand mosque has sparked one of the most intense controversies of recent memory in Algeria.
Its construction site, completed at the end of April 2019 after more than seven years of work, and the construction company, the construction giant China State Construction Engineering (CSCEC), which brought its workers from China.
Its cost, officially more than 750 million euros, much more than expected, at the expense of Algerian taxpayers.
Finally, its size