Big Order for Eyecatcher in Algeria
Eyecatcher received a big order to supply Height Safety Systems for the Grande Mosque in Algeria. One of the world’s largest mosques that has a 265 mtr-high minaret. It can accommodate 120.000 people. The Djamaa El Djazair mosque is being built facing the picturesque bay of Algiers as part of a complex that will include a one-million book library, a Koranic school and a museum of Islamic art and history. Part of the order will be one hundred Overhead Line Systems type Travelfix.
DJAMAÂ EL DJAZAÏR-GRANDE MOSQUE
Locatie : Alger
Client : ANARGEMA – Agence Nationale de Réalisation et de Gestion de la Mosquée de l’Algérie
Surface area : 370 000 m²
Minaret : 265 metres high
Building team : KSP Jürgen Engel Architect // Krebs und Kiefer-Ingenierie // Egis Bâtiments International // Elioth
Safety Systems : 100 pieces Travelfix Line Systems and 120 Clickfix Anchor Points
Algeria is building one of the world’s largest mosques. The Djamaa El Djazair mosque is being built facing the picturesque bay of Algiers as part of a complex that will include a one-million book library, a Koranic school and a museum of Islamic art and history. It will also have a 265m-high minaret (874 feet) – the world’s tallest – as well as a 20,000 square metres prayer hall capable of accommodating up to 120,000 worshippers.
According to Madani, Algerian officials have been mulling the idea of building a mega-mosque since 1962, the year Algeria gained its independence from France.
The new mosque “will not only serve as a house of worship. It will be a place where links between faith and culture will be reinforced thanks to its ultra-modern library and the Koranic school which will be open to some 300 students,” said Madani.
Oil-rich Algeria is already home to more than 30,000 mosques.
The construction of Djamaa El Djazair – dubbed “Bouteflika Mosque” by some – was launched in 2012, when oil prices were high, said Housing Minister Abdeladjid Tebboune. Four years later, Algeria is facing revenue shortages due to weaker oil prices and its foreign exchange reserves have fallen.
The new mosque complex has a price tag of 1.2 billion euros.
Not only will the New Grand Mosque in Algeria be third on the list of largest mosques in the world, but its minaret tower will definitely be the biggest of its kind. At three hundred meters in height, it will overshadow any other minaret tower in the world, which will more than likely draw the attention of those who travel to Algeria. The large mosque will also be able to accommodate a staggering number of some 120 thousand worshippers and will also feature a wide variety of other facilities. The New Grand Mosque will have a beautiful, green recreational park and many grassy areas scattered around the complex. There will also be a luxury hotel, religious buildings, a cultural science center, libraries, a shopping center and restaurants. A conference room, laboratory, amphitheatre, Qur’an House and media centers will complete the complex.