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The Abdellah Ben Salem Mosque (Arabic: مسجد عبد الله بن سلام‎) is a mosque in Oran, Algeria. Formerly the Great Synagogue of Oran (French: Grande synagogue d'Oran), which was the largest synagogue in Africa.[1] Its construction began in 1879, at the initiative of Simon Kanoui, and took 38 years to complete.[2] Also known as Temple Israelite, it was located on Boulevard Joffre, currently Boulevard Maata Mohamed El Habib.

Abdellah Ben Salem Mosque
مسجد عبدالله بن سلام
Mosquée Abdallah Ibn Salam (ancienne Synagogue d'Oran) en 2011.JPG
2011
Religion
AffiliationIslam
Year consecrated1918
StatusMasjid
Location
LocationAlgeria Blvd. Maata Mohamed El Habib, Oran, Algeria
Abdellah Ben Salem Mosque is located in Algeria
Abdellah Ben Salem Mosque
Shown within Algeria
Geographic coordinates35°42′00″N 0°39′01″W / 35.70000°N 0.65028°W / 35.70000; -0.65028Coordinates: 35°42′00″N 0°39′01″W / 35.70000°N 0.65028°W / 35.70000; -0.65028
Architecture
StyleMoorish
Completed1880

Once Algeria gained its independence in 1962, almost all Algerian Jews, who were considered French citizens since the Crémieux Decree of 1870, relocated to France alongside the Pied-Noir community. In 1975, the synagogue was converted into a Mosque[1] and named after a 7th-century Jew from Medina who converted to Islam.

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Its style shows Neo-Mudejar and Moorish Revival influences.

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  1. ^ a b Mohamed Merit Heddi (2016). Les maires d'Oran de 1831 à 2016. Editions Publibook. p. 105. ISBN 978-2-342-05530-6.
  2. ^ Mohamed Merit Heddi (2016). Les maires d'Oran de 1831 à 2016. Editions Publibook. p. 53. ISBN 978-2-342-05530-6.

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