A few steps from the Djemma el-Djedid, the Djemaa el-Kebir continues a tradition that goes back to the early history of Algiers. On a...
Dar Hassan Pacha
The building beside the Ketchoua Mosque was once the city's grandest mansions and carries the name of its original owner, Dar Hassan...
Djemma Ali Bitchine
In the rough days of Algerian piracy, when a man might be snatched off a ship in the high sea and given a choice of slavery or...
Also known as Chez Frères Acherar. One of the quieter places to drink in Algiers.
This Algiers institution is a great place for breakfast and coffee on the terrace. Inside they also serve full meals and thin-crust pizza.
Djemaa el-Djedid information
Lonely Planet review
Colonial French town planners cleared many Ottoman buildings when they redesigned the Algiers waterfront and laid out what is now the place des Martyrs, but they left the Djemaa el-Djedid . Contrary to its name, the New Mosque, sometimes also called the Pêcherie Mosque, was built in 1660 on the site of an earlier Quranic school and paid for by public subscription. The mosque is unusual for Algiers, built in a recognisably Turkish style, with a series of domes and vaults, although the minaret is Andalusian in style. It is also unusual for being designed as a cross: local legend has it that the architect was a Christian, supposedly executed for his trickery. It has two entrances, one on the place and another on the steps of the ramparts, leading down to the port. One of the most popular of the inner city mosques, entry to non-Muslims is periodically banned.