The Casbah in Algiers is a touch of the real culture and heritage of the country. The word originates from from the Arabic term al-qaṣabah, which you can find it written in two forms “Casbah” or “Kasbah”. This term is also equivalent to the word “alcazaba” in Spanish.
The Casbah is the citadel (fortress) built over the ancient city of Icosium, overlooking the Mediterranean. Although it doesn’t exist anymore, the ramparts of Icosium mark that the city has been constructed on the top of a hill sloping down towards the sea and diving the city into a High Town and Low Town area. This historical monument emblematic for its Mediterranean and Ottoman architecture has a strategic location with views over the Carthaginian trading port and has been one of the most desired places to be conquered over the years.
This Algerian jewel is the home of several mosques from the 17th century among which are the Ketchaoua mosque, the Ottoman El Djedid and El Kebir being the oldest mosque in the region.
The History of the Casbah
The history of the Casbah includes invasions from the Carthaginians, various Berber tribes, Romans and Arabs. The Spanish has also made their entrance into the city as well as the British under the command of Lord Nelson. The fortress has played a key role being the home of revolutionaries during the Algerian struggle for independence (1954-1962).
The Casbah in Algiers has been officially included in the UNESCO’s world heritage list in December 1992. It is an authentic place to visit when travelling in Algiers and it will marvel you with its winding alleys, walled gardens and beautiful houses built in Ottoman style. Visitors describe their experience as being in a labyrinth of white-washed homes down a steep hillside: emerging at the bottom into the bustling food and shopping market, and then onto the boulevard in from of the harbor.
The Casbah will definitely live up to its mythic reputation as a place of danger and intrigue with its tightly packed buildings with staircases and lavishly decorated doors that do not tell what may be hidden behind.
Visiting the Casbah in Algiers
The Casbah in Algiers is filled with mystery and is awaiting your discovery. If you are interested in visiting the Casbah in Algiers, our travel experts are happy to assist you to plan an unforgettable Algeria tour.