Great Mosque of Tlemcen

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Great Mosque of Tlemcen- الجامع الكبير لتمسان
Grande mosquee Tlemcen face.jpg
Basic information
Location Algeria Algeria, Tlemcen
Affiliation Islam
Municipality Tlemcen
District Tlemcen
Province Tlemcen
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Mosque
Architectural description
Architectural type Mosque
Architectural style Islamic, Almoravid
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 Almoravid 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.

See also[edit]


  • 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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Great Mosque of Tlemcen, Algeria

Coordinates: 34°53′01″N 1°18′38″W / 34.8837°N 1.3105°W / 34.8837; -1.3105