Al Qal'a of Beni Hammad (1980)
Algeria

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Algeria 1967. Ruins of the Minaret of Al Qal'a of Beni Hammad. 

In a mountainous site of extraordinary beauty, the ruins of the first capital of the Hammadid emirs, founded in 1007 and demolished in 1152, provide an authentic picture of a fortified Muslim city. The mosque, whose prayer room has 13 aisles with eight bays, is one of the largest in Algeria. 

  • Algeria 1967. Ruins of the Minaret of Al Qal'a of Beni Hammad. 

The minaret has a striking similarity with Christian clock towers, and Algerian archaeologists believe the origin of European church towers to be a result of early Christian encounters with minarets in different forms. 

More information about this interesting theory is available on the link immediately below. 

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Other World Heritage Sites in Algeria (on this website). Eventually refer to the UNESCO-listing, Algeria-section, for further information on the individual properties. 

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