Religious Buildings (Self Guided), Alger

Alger is a highly religious city, which is reflected in the numerous mosques and other religious structures lining the streets. Most places of worship in Alger have a rich history and can provide you with a wealth of information regarding Algerian faith. Take this tour to visit some of Alger's most historic and fascinating places of worship.
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Religious Buildings Map

Guide Name: Religious Buildings
Guide Location: Algeria » Alger (See other walking tours in Alger)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 Km or 3.5 Miles
Author: Cathy
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Mosquee Djamaa el-Djedid
  • Mosquee Djamaa el-Kebir
  • Mosquee Ali Betchin
  • Mosquee Ketchaoua
  • Mosquee Ibn-Fares
  • Mosquee Djamaa Safir
  • Mosquee Abdelhamid Ben Badis
  • Mosquee Errahma
  • Sacré Coeur Cathedral
Mosquee Djamaa el-Djedid

1) Mosquee Djamaa el-Djedid

Djamaa el-Djedid is a beautiful mosque located next to the Place of Martyrs. Even though it dates back to 1660, it is known as the "New Mosque". The structure of the building incorporates a multitude of architectural styles including Byzantine, Italian and Turkish. Djamaa el-Djedid is one of the few mosques that has survived the dramatic changes Algeria has endured over the years. Due to the variety of design styles, every angle and side the mosque includes different architectural elements. Note that on several occasions, the mosque closes it doors to non-Muslims visitors.
Mosquee Djamaa el-Kebir

2) Mosquee Djamaa el-Kebir (must see)

The Great Mosque of Algiers was built in 1097. It is also known by several other names such as Grand Mosque d'Alger, Djamaa al-Kebir , El Kebir Mosque and Jami Masjid. It is one of the few remaining examples of Almoravid architecture. It is the oldest mosque in Algiers and is said to be the oldest mosque in Algeria after Sidi Okba Mosque. It was built under sultan Ali ibn Yusuf. Its minaret dates from 1332 and was built by the Ziyyanid sultan of Tlemcen. The gallery at the outside of the mosque was built in 1840. The mosque has a rectangular courtyard of 38×46 meters on a 9×11 grid; this layout has been replicated in many religious structures. While the main mosque was built in 1097 AD, according to the minbar, the minaret on the north-western corner was a later addition, in 1332, by sultan Ali ibn Yusuf. The gallery surrounding the main mosque was added in 1840. Materials used in constructing the mosque were stone, brick, roofing tiles and wood, and ornamentation of ceramics and wood was applied.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Mosquee Ali Betchin

3) Mosquee Ali Betchin

Mosquee Ali Betchin is one of the oldest mosques in the city. It was built in 1623 in the Ottoman architectural style. The mosque has two large domes and several small ones. The designer of this religious monument is Peccinino, an Italian pirate who converted to Islam. In 1843 the mosque was transformed into a church named "Our Lady of Victoires". Fortunately, the architecture of Ali Betchin was not altered, and it returned to serving as a mosque after Algeria gained its independence.
Mosquee Ketchaoua

4) Mosquee Ketchaoua (must see)

Located at the foot of the Casbah, the Ketchaoua Mosque is a UNESCO World Heritage Site built during the Ottoman rule in the 17th century. The mosque was originally built in 1612. Later, in 1845, it was converted during French rule, to the Cathedral of St Philippe, which remained so until 1962. In spite of these transitions over two different religious faiths in the last about four centuries, the mosque has retained its original grandeur and is one of the major attractions of Algiers, noted for its unique fusion of Moorish and Byzantine architecture.

The principal entrance to the mosque is through a flight of 23 steps. At the entrance, there is an ornamented portico, which is supported by four black-veined marble columns. Inside the mosque, there are arcades built with white marble columns. The beauty of the mosque's chambers, minarets and ceilings of the mosque are accentuated by the distinct Moorish plaster work. The mosque, which now overlooks the public square in the Casbah, with the sea in front, has two octagonal minarets flanking the entrance, with Byzantine and Moorish design and decorations and presents a graceful sight.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Mosquee Ibn-Fares

5) Mosquee Ibn-Fares

Mosquee Ibn-Fares is a mosque located in the heart of the city. Ibn-Fares has a rich history. It was built in 1885 and used to be the Great Synagogue of Rabbin Bloch until in 1960 it was desecrated, along with the adjacent Jewish community, by extremists two years before Algeria gained its independence. The synagogue suffered the same fate of many other non-Muslim institutions in Alger, as it was closed. In 1961 a minaret was added, and it was transformed into Mosquee Ibn-Fares. Today it is one of Alger's most popular mosques because of its convenient location and pleasant atmosphere.
Mosquee Djamaa Safir

6) Mosquee Djamaa Safir

Mosquee Djamaa Safir, located in the heart of the Casbah District, was the first Turkish mosque in Alger. It was built in 1534 in the typical Ottoman style with an octagonal minaret. The building is adorned with ancient columns and other beautiful architectural elements. Over the years, the mosque has undergone two major reconstruction projects. The first was overseen by Hassan Pacha in 1791 and the second by Hussein in 1818.
Mosquee Abdelhamid Ben Badis

7) Mosquee Abdelhamid Ben Badis

Mosquee Abdelhamid Ben Badis, as its name suggests, was built in honor of Abdelhamid Ben Badis, a famous Algerian figure and noted Islamic reformist. The mosque took over Saint Augustin Church after Algeria gained its independence. Ben Badis was built in the classical Moorish style, with a dome and two tall towers on each side of the structure. Beautiful architectural elements and patterns adorn the building.
Mosquee Errahma

8) Mosquee Errahma

Mosquee Errahma was originally built as St. Charles Church in the 19th century. It only became a mosque after Algerian independence in 1962. The church was designed in the Romanesque style, with an arched portal, side-wall turrets and small arched windows. The only modern addition is the flamboyant entrance.
Sacré Coeur Cathedral

9) Sacré Coeur Cathedral (must see)

Sacré Coeur is one of two Christian cathedrals in Alger. Built in 1956 and elevated to the cathedral rank in 1962, it became the new cathedral in Algiers after the Cathedral of St. Philip of Algiers had been reconverted into the Muslim Ketchaoua Mosque. It is the cathedral church of the Archdiocese of Algiers. The concept and design of the building belong to architects Paul Herbé and Jean Le Couteur. They were inspired by the verse in the Gospel of John that reads, "God has pitched his tent among us". This tent effect is delivered by the cathedral's soaring dome, which rises 35 meters above the floor. It rests on eight piers, raised above four columns and gives the appearance of floating on air. At the entrance to the nave are the organs offered as a gift by the Boufarik parish. In this same area is a stunning mosaic dating back to 324 AD. The cathedral's altar is made of precious marble and shelters the relics of the African Saints Victor and Fulgence. The windows of Sacré Coeur are made of stained glass.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Alger, Algeria

Create Your Own Walk in Alger

Create Your Own Walk in Alger

Creating your own self-guided walk in Alger is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Tour of Alger's Casbah Area

Tour of Alger's Casbah Area

Alger's Casbah, or citadel, once surrounded a majority of the city, protecting it from attack. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Casbah District charms with its narrow streets, bustling markets, winding stairs and historic mosques. Take this tour to visit a fascinating section of Alger and to learn about Algerian history.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Architectural Tour

Architectural Tour

Alger is a treasure trove of beautifully designed buildings. Structures with vastly different architectural styles sit side by side in harmony with their surroundings. Take this tour and explore Alger's history as reflected in its architecture.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.1 Km or 3.8 Miles
Tour of Alger's El Madania and El Hamma Districts

Tour of Alger's El Madania and El Hamma Districts

Alger's El Madania and El Hamma Districts, though not centrally located, are home to some of the most popular monuments in the city. Here you can visit the Monument of Martyrs, the Garden d'Essai and the Zoological Garden among other must-see landmarks. Take this tour to discover the highlights of Alger's El Madania and El Hamma Districts.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Museums Tour

Museums Tour

Alger, as the capital of Algeria, has always been exposed to international influences and ideas. This international flavor is evident in the city's museums. The museums also do a fabulous job of portraying Algerian traditions and character. Take this tour to experience Alger's museums that excel at illuminating the old and the new, the foreign and the local.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 Km or 3 Miles