Algiers is capital city of Algeria

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Downtown Algiers, Algeria

Known as Alger in French and Al Djazair in Arabic, Algiers is the capital city of Algeria on the Mediterranean Coast. The skyline is dominated by two shapes: the Martyrs Monument (Makam ech-Chahid) in the south and in the city center, the box-like shape of the Hotel Aurassi.

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In Algiers the commercial and business center is directly south of the medina. Everything is either right there or close by. Nothing is far from the main street Rue Larbi ben MHidi, a tree lined pedestrian precinct running out of the Place Grand Post, a major square.

The new Grand Mosque in Algiers being built at present, will be the third largest mosque in the world when completed, able to accommodate a staggering number of some 120 thousand worshipers.

Accommodation in Algiers

Good places to stay in the lower and middle price range in Algiers can be found around the Place Port Said area.

For top-end accommodation, visitors can stay at the one of the luxury hotels like the legendary Hotel el Djazair, a five star hotel with a history, in the city center.

The working week in Algeria is from Saturday to Thursday like in most Islamic countries. Credit cards are not much use here, cash is a better option.

When in Algiers be sure to visit the National Museum of Antiquities and the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions.