ORAN – Saturday, 18 November 2023 (APS) – An exhibition of plastic arts, which opened on Saturday at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MaMo) in Oran, is an opportunity for the public to explore the history of Algeria’s Casbah, ancient city with a rich heritage and urban aesthetic.

The exhibition, organized by the National Museum of Islamic Art and the Tlemcen Arts and Exhibition Centre in collaboration with the MaMo in Oran, aims to introduce the public to the history of kasbahs, Islamic art and its relationship with architecture in Algeria, MaMo manager Malika Hamri told APS.

Held to mark World Arabic Calligraphy Day, the exhibition features a dozen photos of the Casbah of Algiers, Tlemcen, Oran, Constantine, Mostaganem, Dellys, Miliana, Mila, Annaba, Adrar and Timimoun, all archaeological sites distinguished by their architectural harmony and unity, and their aesthetics of historical, artistic and civilisational importance, documenting the history of urban planning in Algeria.

Through images of the ancient Casbah of Algeria, visitors experience moments in the history of these ancient urban structures, considered to be one of the most important traditional building styles known in Algeria, characterised by unique engineering.

Visitors can discover at close quarters the features, forms and installations found in these heritage buildings, which document the political, social and cultural life of the period.