In Photos: Egypt's largest mosque prepares for opening
Ahram Online, , Sunday 6 Jan 2019


Egypt's now largest mosque, Al-Fattah Al-Alim, is getting the final touches after being fully constructed and furnished in preparation for an official opening this month by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

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The mosque can hold more than 17,000 worshipers and is one of the largest mosques in the world.

The mosque has been constructed by the new Middle Ring Road in the New Administrative Capital and consists of a 6,325m2 prayer yard and a 6,700m2 external prayer yard.

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The mosque has five main entrances as well as and a prayer hall for women. It also has four secondary domes with a diameter of 12.5m, a height of 10m, as well as four 92m-high minarets.

Nearly 1,000 workers contributed to the construction of the mosque, which has been built in the Islamic Fatimid architecture style.

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Al-Fattah Al-Alim will serve as the official site for state services involving religious ceremonies.

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The New Administrative Capital is also now home to Egypt's largest church, the Nativity of Christ, which was partially opened and where Christmas mass was held in 2018 with the attendance of President El-Sisi.

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