Great Mosque of Tlemcen

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Great Mosque of Tlemcen- الجامع الكبير لتمسان
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Religion
AffiliationIslam
DistrictTlemcen
ProvinceTlemcen
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusMosque
Location
LocationAlgeria Algeria, Tlemcen
MunicipalityTlemcen
Great Mosque of Tlemcen is located in Algeria
Great Mosque of Tlemcen
Shown within Algeria
Geographic coordinates34°53′01″N 1°18′38″W / 34.8837°N 1.3105°W / 34.8837; -1.3105Coordinates: 34°53′01″N 1°18′38″W / 34.8837°N 1.3105°W / 34.8837; -1.3105
Architecture
Architectural typeMosque
Architectural styleIslamic, Almoravid dynasty
Minaret(s)1

The Great Mosque of Tlemcen (Arabic: الجامع الكبير لتلمسان‎, el-Jemaa el-Kebir litilimcen) was first built in Tlemcen, Algeria in 1082. It is one of the best preserved examples of the Almoravid dynasty's architecture. It was built under sultan Yusuf ibn Tashfin, but substantially reconstructed and enlarged by his son Ali ibn Yusuf. An inscription dates this reconstruction to 1136. Sultan Yaghmoracen (1236-1283), the founder of the Abdalwadid dynasty of Tlemcen added a section with a minaret and a dome in the 13th century. Next to the mosque there used to be an Islamic court (Makhama) and an Islamic university of considerable fame.

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  • Jairazbhoy, R.A. (1972), ‘An Outline of Islamic Architecture', p. 92
  • Michell, M. et al. (eds.) (1978), ‘Architecture of the Islamic World', Thames and Hudson, London, p. 219
  • M. Hattstein and P. Delius (eds.) (2000), 'Islam Art and Architecture', Konemann, Cologne

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