The Antique kasbah of Tenes

The Antique Kasbah of tenes :

The city of Tenes is one of the most ancient cities of the Mediterranean basin in view of its history full of events and civilizations that succeeded in its port. In their era, the Kasbah contains many religious monuments (mosques, walls, towers, baths, and residential complexes. Its founding dates back to the year 785AD/262 AH by the Andalusian sailors. It is classified on 09/18/2007 according to Executive Decree No. 07-277 of 06 Ramadan 1428 AH The Casbah contains:

Bab al-Bahr: Bab al-Bahr is considered one of the most important parts of the city wall. He watches the movement outside the city walls in order to guard it and ensure its security.

The door features: It has a solid square base, thick walls, and is adorned with decorations of a Moroccan and Islamic character. Stone, brick, in addition to that, were used in its construction to ensure the cohesion of its parts.

Lalla Aziza Mosque: This mosque is located adjacent to the market, inside a tennis court. It bears this name in relation to Lalla Aziza, daughter of the Sultan. It is distinguished by its simple shape and small size. It carries all the techniques of building ancient mosques in Algeria. A jar dating back to the tenth century was found near the mosque in 1987 AD. It contains silver coins likely to be one of the Sultan’s gifts to his daughter. It is located today in the Antiquities Museum of Cherchell.

Sidi Bel Abbas Mosque: It is located near the main road to the Kasbah. It bears this name in relation to the teacher of the Holy Qur’an. It was built at the end of the 11th century AD / 5 AH. It bears the ancient Arab-Islamic architectural style and still retains its original design as its antique gate, and its ten columns that bear the ceiling decorated with wooden pieces intertwined with 03 domes. A pyramid covered with bricks, and students to this day are still deliberating on it to learn the Noble Qur’an.

mosque With its 39 pillars, which were brought from the Roman city of Tennis, crowns of various shapes linked to each other by arches, and the ceiling was decorated with wooden pieces, while the mihrab bears decorations inspired by the original Islamic art.

The bathroom: The bathroom is located next to the sea door and consists of two halls:

1- Cold room 2- Hot hall 3- Hallway: It contains a water tank and a traditional oven, in which wood is used to heat water.

Alleys: The alleys represent the city’s beating artery. They are the direct link to all residential complexes. They differ in terms of wideness and narrowness, with main alleys characterized by their wideness and secondary alleys characterized by their closure in most cases.

The houses: they are distinguished by the wonderful architecture, as they bear all the characteristics of the Arab house, from the open courtyard surrounded by the rooms covered with bricks. The windows open to the courtyard and the house is characterized by lowness.