Djamaa El Djazair mosque will serve as a buffer against radical Islam and as President Abdelaziz Bouteflikaâ€™s legacy
The place of worship worth 1.4 billion dollars is set to be completed by 2017 will hold the worldâ€™s tallest minaret towering 870ft into the sky. It will also have a koran school, a library, a museum and terraces with gardens dotted with trees.
Djamaa mosque faces the picturesque bay of Algiers; it can hold upto 120,000 people will be accessible by boat, tram or car.
â€œSome have accused us of building a temple for the extremistsâ€¦ On the contrary, it will be a heavy blow for the extremists. They are the ones hostile to this project,â€ said Ahmed Madani, an adviser to the Minister of Housing responsible for the construction to the AFP