Turkey’s state development aid agency has restored a historic mosque in Algeria known as a symbol of the country’s independence.
The Ketchaoua Mosque was built during Ottoman rule in the 17th century in the neighborhood of Casbah in the capital of the north African nation, Algiers.
Though the mosque became a cathedral in the 19th century before once again becoming a mosque in 1962, it has retained its original grandeur.
After its restoration, done by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) according to the original Ottoman architectural plan studied by historians and researchers, the work was greeted with acclaim.
İlber Ortaylı, a prominent Turkish historian, said he was extremely pleased with the restoration.
“An important contribution for Algeria, for our history,” he called it.
“I hope that the Hasan Pasha Palace next to the mosque will be restored the same way.”