Mosque of Emir Abdelkader


The city’s most prominent monument – you will see its twin 107m high minarets as you approach the centre – is the Mosque of Emir Abdelkader. The project started in 1968 as a desire to build a mosque capable of accommodating 10,000 in its prayer hall, but when the then president Houari Boumediène became involved, it grew into the current, ambitious building: one of the world’s largest mosques and Algeria’s first modern Islamic university.

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1. National Museum Cirta

1.13 MILES

Highlighting the numerous finds from excavations in and around Constantine and nearby Tiddis, there are some stunning pieces in this museum. The…

2. Grand Mosque


The oldest mosque in the city is the Grand Mosque. Built in the 13th century on the site of a pagan temple, it was intended, as the Friday mosque, to hold…

3. Mellah Slimane Bridge & Elevator

1.49 MILES

Of all the dramatic bridges that cross the Oued Rhumel, none is as exciting to walk across as the Mellah Slimane Bridge, some 100m above the water…

4. Palace of Ahmed Bey

1.53 MILES

The palace of Hajj Ahmed, the bey or ruler of Constantine from 1826, is one of the finest Ottoman-era buildings in the country. With a series of…

5. Sidi M'Cid Bridge

1.88 MILES

The Sidi M’Cid Bridge, also known as the Suspended Bridge, is Constantine’s iconic monument, its image defining the city. It is a 164m-long suspension…

6. Tiddis

10.55 MILES

Hovering on a barren mountain slope, some 30km from Constantine, the ruined Roman town of Tiddis is perhaps the most impressively situated of all Algeria…