Tlemcen, the pearl of the Maghreb PDF Imprimer Envoyer


About Tlemcen

Tlemcen is a town in Northwestern Algeria, and the capital of the province of the same name. It is backed by the cliffs of the well-watered Tlemcen Mountains and overlooks the fertile Hennaya and Maghnia plains. Lying at an elevation of more than 800 meters, Tlemcen is located sufficiently inland to avoid the humidity of the Mediterranean coast but is near enough to receive cooling sea breezes in summer. The resulting temperate climate favored Tlemcen’s development and explains its historical importance.



The word Tlemcen comes from Berber Tala Imsan (in Tifinagh) which means « the dry spring ». The name is sometimes spelled Tlemsen, Tlemsan, or Tilimsen.



Its centuries of rich history and culture have made the city a center of a unique blend of art and music. Its textiles and handcrafts, its elegant blend of Islamic, Berber, Andalucian and French cultures, and its cool climate in the mountains have made it an important center of tourism in Algeria. It is home to a beautiful tomb – that of Sidi Boumédiène, whose tomb adjoins to a mosque. The Great Mosque at Tlemcen was completed in 1136 and is said to be the most remarkable remaining example of Almoravid architecture.


What to visit in Tlemcen

-Monuments and Mosques

  • Agadir, the oldest Mosque (790)





  •  The Great Mosque (1102-1136)

Founded by Youcef Ibn Tachefine under the Almoravides dynasty in 1102. In 1136, his son Ali Ibn Youcef undertakes the increase of the mosque and the embellishment of the mihrab and the dome.



  • Citadel of El-Mechouar (1145)

The citadel was built by Yaghmoracene under the zianides dynasty in 1145. It included the royal castle, a mosque, gardens and fountains…



El Mechouar Citadel and Mosque







Zianides Royal Castle recently restored




  • Mansourah (1299)

The city of Mansourah was built during the seat of Tlemcen by the sultan merinide Abou Yacoub. It contained an outer wall of 4000m of perimeter completed by 80 tours and 4 doors in the four cardinal points.







  •  Sidi Abou Madeyen Mausoleum, Mosque and Madrasa (1339)

The Mausoleum is dedicated to Sidi Abou Madyen, a mystic scholar born in Seville in 1126.



Mausoleum entrance and inside



  • Sid el-elhalwi Mosque







  • Tlemcen Museum




  • - Sidi Belahcène (1283)



  • Mechouar(1308)



  • Former city hall (1886): Craft museum




  • Madersa (1905): archeological museum




  •  Bab el-karmadin



  •  Tomb of Sultan




  •  Tlemcen Tower




  •  Dar Essoltan





Natural and recreational sites


  • El Ourit waterfalls



  • Waterfalls and Eiffel bridge in El Ourit




  • Beni Add Cave


  • Lalla Setti Parc





  • Grand basin “Sahrij”




  • Crafts







 You are Welcome in TLEMCEN