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A touch of Andalucia

It was a feeling of dejavu as this palace reminds one immediately of the Alhambra in Andalusia... read more

Reviewed October 8, 2018
NesligulD
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Great palace for time traveling

An amazing palace.. with an interesting history, we took beautiful photos .. guides are helpful,we... read more

Reviewed February 27, 2018
Rihab B
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Algiers, Algeria
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Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

It was a feeling of dejavu as this palace reminds one immediately of the Alhambra in Andalusia, Spain. Ruined by the French and renovated quite recently, this palace with its beautiful tiles, the pool and the ornate carvings should be visited followed by a visit to the mosque which is now a museum and the costume exhibition. The 15 kilo jewelry worn by brides was especially interesting.

1  Thank NesligulD
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Reviewed May 3, 2018

The Mechouar is an enormous walled enclosed containing a restored mosque, a shop selling "artisanat" from all over, and a recently restored Zianide palace with impressive cut-tile decoration throughout. Apparently, the Algerian artisans collaborated with some from Fez in the many years it took to remake the palace. Also within the Mechouar is a museum of Algerian costume types, all newly reconstructed and well-displayed.

Thank NicJBoston
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Reviewed February 27, 2018 via mobile

An amazing palace.. with an interesting history, we took beautiful photos .. guides are helpful,we got a discount because we were more than 10 and had students among us. There were many models with traditional fancy tlemcenian clothings .. the place takes you away in the past.. I visit it every time I go to tlemcen ... It really is a must.

Thank Rihab B
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Reviewed February 23, 2018 via mobile

Wandered around here, pleasantly calm inside the walls. There is a museum wit some ceramics and another with traditional dress. The Moorish building is beautiful.
Lots of cafés to choose from outside.

Thank Beckybumbledrop
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Reviewed May 5, 2017 via mobile

Welcome break after long walk in from Hotel Ibis. The museum has small display of women's costumes that shows mutual influences of western and oriental design at time when French fascinated by Algeria.

View from ramparts great.

Tourism office is opposite but easy to miss and not open the Saturday I was there.

Tlemcen perfectly safe for foreigners and you will get a warm welcome.

2  Thank Peter L
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Reviewed January 4, 2017

The palace is so beautiful and interesting place to visit! We visit last summer Alhambra in Spain and Citadelle et Palais El Mechouar looks like one of the palaces of Alhambra, but the visit is SO much cheaper! There are also some interesting items of Algerian culture - like clothes etc.

2  Thank Laura_Algiers
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Reviewed May 18, 2016

So far so good! Very large place, plenty artefacts and amazing buildings and gardens. It looks like an old Middle aged castle.

Thank Aek R
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Reviewed April 7, 2015

There has been some extensive restoration work on the palace structure inside the citadel and it is now looking in pretty good shape. The citadel walls are quite imposing and can be admired from outside. Apart from the palace there isn't much else of interest inside the walls.

1  Thank KGB777
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Reviewed November 15, 2014

The exterior of El Mechouar is great and well preserved. It's a nice area to walk around as well. However, the excitement of visiting a citadel wears off very quickly once you enter. There is not much to see and the interior is more so a walled off park (the term park used loosely - people sitting on benches). There is a really intriguing ramparts walk that would be nice to visit but I was quickly directed away from them and was pointed back to the bench area. It's really lame that they won't allow visitors to walk it. I was disappointed in the experience.

Thank Michael M
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Reviewed June 13, 2014

Palace has been restored after the French destroyed it. The stucco and tile work in the interior is incredible. There was an exhibition of exquisite women's period costumes in the Palace. Beautifully displayed. Excellent view overlooking the city from the fortress. One can easily spend an hour going through the complex.

1  Thank ShilohinBC
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