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Dakar Grand Mosque

Dakar Grand Mosque

The Dakar Grand Mosque (on the left is the Islamic Institute)

Basic information
Location Senegal Dakar, Senegal
Affiliation Islam
Architectural description
Architectural type Mosque
Completed 1964
Specifications
Minaret(s) 1

The Dakar Grand Mosque (also Grande Mosquée de Dakar) is one of the most important religious buildings in the capital of Senegal. It is situated on Allée Pape Gueye Fall.


History

Designed by French and Moroccan architects, The Grand Mosque was opened in 1964 by Hassan II, King of Morocco and Senegalese President Léopold Sédar Senghor.

Architecture

Richly decorated on the interior and exterior, it is stylistically similar to the Mosquée Mohammed V in Casablanca. Its minaret rises to 67 meters.

Institut islamique de Dakar

Created in 1964 and situated in the enceinte of the Grand Mosque, the Institut islamique is a public institution under the direction of the Senegalese Minister of Education, dedicated to Islamic research and teaching. The library of the Institute, named for prince Naef Ben Abdelaziz Al-Saoud was opened 9 October 2004.


See also

References

  • Portions of this article were translated from the French World Heritage Encyclopedia article Grande Mosquée de Dakar, retrieved 2008-02-15.
  • Charles-Babacar Seck, La Grande Mosquée de Dakar, suivie d'une étude sur l'Islam au Sénegal, 1966

External links

  • (TV5)
  • Site de l'Institut islamique de Dakar

Coordinates: 14°40′40″N 17°26′32″W / 14.67778°N 17.44222°W / 14.67778; -17.44222

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