What Is Algeria Famous For?

We asked a few people what they know about Algeria and the top answer was “It’s a North African country.” Even a quick search on the web does not yield many results. That’s mostly because Algeria is sandwiched between two very famous countries, Tunisia and Morocco, and often gets overshadowed by them.  

However, being lessor known in no way diminishes the greatness of Algeria. Here are some fun facts about Algeria in no particular order.

The Largest Country in Africa 

Algeria is a massive country! In fact, it’s the largest country in Africa by land size. And 10th in the world.  It measures 2.38 million square kilometers. The Democratic Republic of Congo is second at 2.34 million square kilometers.  And Sudan 3rd at 1.88 million square kilometers. Algeria has been Africa’s largest country by land size since 2011. Before 2011, Sudan was the biggest country in Africa. Then it split into two countries, Sudan and South Sudan. 

Home to the Sahara

Almost all of North Africa is covered by the Sahara Desert. It spans 11 countries and covers about a quarter of the African continent. It is the largest hot desert in the world. Being the largest country in Africa, Algeria takes up the biggest portion of the Sahara, one-fifth to be exact. 80% of Algeria is covered by the desert. The Sahara Desert is home to many cool animals, such as the dromedary, jerboas, and the fennec fox. 

Tallest Minaret in the world

Algeria is famous for its architecture. Which has been influenced by thousands of years of interactions with many civilizations. But it is their more modern buildings that rank among Africa’s best. With over 8,000 works of art, the National Museum of Fine Arts in Algiers is one of Africa’s largest fine arts museum. And the Djamaa El Djazair, or the Great Mosque of Algiers is one of the largest mosques in the world, with the tallest minaret. The minaret measure 265 meters. 

Ancient ruins

The history of Algeria goes back thousands of years! It is known to have some of the best-preserved archeological sites in Africa. Many civilizations come and go. From the Phoenicians to the Romans. The Arabs and the Ottomans to the French. Each has left its mark. Some of them are recognized as UNESCO world heritage sites. Such as the Djemila ruins (https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/191/). Djemila was an ancient Roman colony founded during the reign of Nerva (96 – 98 A.D.).

Best Dates in the world

In the world of dates, Algerian grown dates are some of the most famous. In particular, the Deglet Nour dates which grow in the Biskra Province of Algeria is known as the Queen of dates. 18 million palm trees grow in Algeria and produce 500,000 tons of dates per year. In fact, Algeria is the 5th largest producer of dates in the world.

Find out more about Algeria

Algeria is an amazing country that deserves its place among the greats. Find out more about Algeria from a book we have written. The Kids Adventures in Algeria is a nonfiction book that takes you on a journey to discover Algeria. As told by a girl called Nadia.  

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