Kasbah of Algiers, Algiers

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Stroll true the quaint maze of narrow alleys at Kasbah of Algiers, the city's traditional neighborhood and World Heritage Site predominantly built during the rule of the Ottoman Empire. Explore Ottoman-style palaces, Moorish houses, old mosques, and the remains of a citadel, but consider taking a guide to get additional insight into the area's history. Make Kasbah of Algiers part of your personalized Algiers itinerary using our Algiers trip itinerary builder .
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  • This was an amazing Friday Morning walk. I’m not the photographer type. I don’t like to disturb the local people with my tiny camera. However, on this occasion I could not stop taking photos of every ...  more »
  • Represents the heart of old Algiers, where you can really experience the local culture. Many of the houses are being renovated. Be accompanied by a local guide and possibly start the visit from above. It is very suggestive descend slowly through the narrow streets and see moments of life locally and panoramic views of the city. At the end of the descent, the streets are filled with shops and all sorts. There is also "Dar Aziza" one of the oldest and most prestigious buildings in Algiers. The view from the patio is spectacular. In front of Dar Aziza Ketchaoua mosque, whose beauty is external you can even see from the patio of Dar Aziza. You can't visit the Casbah if you are in Algiers.
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  • A little history: the Casbah of Algiers appears as a significant example of Maghreb historic town which had a great influence on urban planning in the western part of the Mediterranean (the ciotat and cassis among other things and the small villages Greeks) and in sub-Saharan Africa. (Timbuktu, ghardaia) Indeed, located on the Mediterranean coast, the site was inhabited at least as early as the sixth century BC when a Phoenician trading post was located there. The Casbah term which means "Citadel" and that originally the point culminating in the medina at that time Zirid, applies today to the whole of the old town of El Djazair, within the limits marked by the Ottoman walls built of the end of the 16th century. As this whole living in multiple winding and shaded alleys where nearly 50,000 people, is still of very interesting traditional houses, palaces, hammams, mosques as:-the Ketchaoua mosque (built in 1794 by) the Dey Baba Hassan) flanked of two minarets. The mosque el Djedid (built in 1660, at the time of Turkish Regency) with its large ovoid dome and its four domes. The mosque El Kébir (oldest of the mosques, it was built by the Almoravid Yusuf ibn Tashfin sovereign and rebuilt later in 1794). The mosque Ali Betchnin (Raïs or privateer, 1623). Dar Khadaoudj El Amia (the national Museum of arts and popular traditions). Dar Aziza. Jenina Palace. And various souks and stalls of crafts, increasingly rare, like the botiers, the leather workers, the carpenters that still produce, among other folding screens and panels of wood openwork for moucharabiehs, twisted columns thus only boxes. The Coppersmiths who make platters, teapots, coffee pots, sugar etc. copper...? luthiers, potters and teituriers. But the Citadel is dying "Today, the first sight that is offered to the visitor of the Casbah is a city which is empty and who loses its cachet day after day, while in the past, its streets were alive and lively". What is interesting now, is that in the upper part of the casbah, "Bab jdid" (new door) next to the old prison "Barbarossa", currently "Serkadji", tourists will find, here and there, the guides who offer their services for guided tours in the maze of alleys of the casbah has various small trades existing still meet, and a beautiful view of the Bay of Algiers on the terraces of the houses, for a small fee, namely 1000DA per person, and 1500 DA with lunch) Fried marinated sardines and the a mint) or a bit more for more refined dishes (Couscous, Rechta etc...)
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Lodgings in Algiers range from upscale chain hotels to affordable but basic backpacker accommodations. Mid-market options consist mostly of modest, simple hotels catering to the business crowd. Hotels and resorts in Algiers concentrate mostly near the Kasbah and along the scenic waterfront esplanade.
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