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Kasbah of Algiers

Algiers, Algeria
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Ranked #5 of 29 Attractions in Algiers
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Neighborhoods, Cultural
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Owner description: The upper old part of Algiers has interesting Moorish houses, minarets and old citadel.
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Trenton, New Jersey
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104 reviews 104 reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

The image of the Casbah evokes mystery and romance, but the reality is a let-down. It has none of the swirl or exoticism one finds in, say, the old medina and souq in Fez. Shops sell the banal necessities of everyday life. Even the mosques down the hillside, supposedly Algiers' most important sights, are relatively undistinguished. The route I wandered... More

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Dublin
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6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Took a day trip from Benalmadena. A loooooong day! Delighted to have seen and experienced the kasbah/medina but the organised tours feed you to the wolves with hagglers and hard sellers. Nevertheless, as a solo female traveller I would not recommend you go on your own.

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Algiers, Algeria
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

If you made it to Algiers then you have to go and check it out. Definitely with an experienced tour guide or you will miss everything. A lot of history going on here!

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Algiers
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Best to have a guide. Even though security has improved tremendously in recent years, it's best to have a local with you. Inside the Casbah, check out the Islamic Calligraphy museum. Doesn't matter if you've no interest in it because it gives you rare access to a former palace. Don't ever miss the Sidi Abdelrahman mausoleum. It's the Sufi heart... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Great cultural experience, a clear must see. Awesome views of the city, good tea and sweet goodies with some wonderful history. Get a guide, Tis Abderrahim local from Kasbah was great and did a solid job of showing us his world in half a day. He followed up with photos and some personal treats of local fruit & snacks the... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
15 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

One of the most interesting places. But be careful. You can get lost easily. A local should help you. It is little dirty and smells bad in some areas but it is worth to walk along those very narrow streets.

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Tucson, Arizona
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20 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

A tour of the Kasbah in Old Algiers is a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Walking through narrow passageways where Algerians still live in residences some of which are hundreds of years old, is a trip not to be missed! We needed a tour guide to explain all of the history of this place. It is also recommended that, for your safety, you... More

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Amman Governorate, Jordan
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69 reviews 69 reviews
52 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Some of oldest building and temples are still there but if its a night visit you will stillget another reward which is misk e llail a nice smelly trees which translates nights musk

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Los Angeles
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52 reviews 52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Go to the Kasbah and be sure to hire a tour guide to give you some background do information. And, a tip: before going, be sure to watch Battle for Algiers, as you will get an historic reference as to what you are doing and where you are.

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Turin, Italy
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47 reviews 47 reviews
32 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

From the Top to the Bottom, you will see amazing historical houses. The guide show you some of them cenverted to museums. The most interesting are in the bottom namely Museum of traditional arts and The mueaum of Miniature and Calligraphy. then Ketchawa Mosquee and The Martyr Square with other two famous and old mosquees. Finishing with Bastion 23 (The... More

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