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The Kasbah of Algiers is the medina, or traditional old quarters in the capital of Algeria. Also written Casbah, it is a walled area that is found in many North African cities. The Kasbah of Algiers was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 16th session of the World Heritage Committe which met in Santa Fe, United States, on 7-14 December, 1992.

What to See at the Kasbah of Algiers

The labyrinthine alleys of Kasbah is a fascinating place to explore. The houses are built close together. However, in the past decade the Kasbah has suffered from over population, pollution and neglect. An earthquake in May 2003 also badly damaged many houses there.

History

The Kasbah of Algiers was built over what was once Icosium, an ancient Roman settlement. Within the Kasbah are structures dating to the 16th and 17th centuries. They include the Ketchawa Mosque, which was built by Dey Baba Hassan in 1794, and El Djedid Mosque, built in 1660, during the time of the Turkish regency.

Location

The Kasbah of Algiers is located on the northern part of the city of Algiers, Algeria.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N36 46 59.988 E3 3 37.008
Inscription Year: 1992
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, V

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Getting there

The Kasbah of Algiers is located on the northern part of the city. Algiers is connected to many countries around the world via the Houari Boumedienne International Airport.

Photos

Kasbah of Algiers, Algeria
Kasbah of Algiers, Algeria
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Alleyway in the Kasbah, Algiers, Algeria
Author: Michel GIGUET
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View inside the Kasbah in Algiers
Author: Michel GIGUET
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Ketchawa Mosque, Algiers, Algeria
Author: Bachounda
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