Amongst the thousands of war movies about Algeria ever filmed, The Battle of Algiers stands out as one of the most controversial and disturbing ever made. For a movie that was filmed in 1966, the brilliance and dedication of the entire crew that worked on it shines through. It is such a realistic rendering of the epic war in Algeria, that it provokes emotions such as anger, dismay and relief. It is not an easy job to make a war movie without insulting either party involved in the conflict.
Algeria is a vast country offering tourists a wide selection of attractions and activities.
The capital city of Algiers has a rich past and ruins at Djemila, Tipasa and Timgad are fascinating to see.
Main attractions in Algeria include the National Museum of Fine Arts as well as the Bardo Ethnographic and Local Art Museum. Step back in history by making your way to the Hauts Plateaux where you will discover the historical city of Tlemcen as well as the Grand Mosque, Almohad ramparts and Masourah Fortress.
Heading out towards the forbidding Sahara, opens up a whole new world of attractions in Algeria. The holy town of Beni Isguen with its well guarded gate and auction market makes for an interesting stop. Ouargla or the golden key to the desert, is a lovely town featuring a malekite minaret, market square and gorgeous architecture.
Natural attractions in Algeria also abound with Kabylia and the Chiffa Gorges. Take in the beauty of the ocean along the Turquoise coast or the Sidi Fredj peninsula. Algerias attractions truly offer something for everyone.
The culture is strongly influenced by the countries recent history, as well as other aspects such as their literature, music, arts and crafts and religion.
Arabic is Algerians primary language of around 82 percent of the populace. The French colonialism left French as the second language of many educated Algerians, and English is very rarely spoken. Many people of Algeria also speak different dialects of Berber.
All media activities such as, newspapers, book publishing and radio and television broadcasting are in either Arabic or French and they are under control of the government. The daily Arabic newspaper is called El Massaa and the daily French newspaper is called El Moudjahid. There are no English newspapers published in Algeria, although the French newspaper prints one page in English.
Islam is the official religion of Algeria and the majority of Algerians are Muslims. Since the departure of the French, Christianity is a secondary religion.