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Tamentfoust (in Arabic تمنتفوست), also known as La Pérouse, is a port in the Dar El Beïda district of Algiers, Algeria.

Different names[edit]

The port has had many names over history:

Name Origin Meaning
Rusguniae Punic Bush Cape
Rusgunia Latin from Punic Rusguniae
Tamentfoust Amazigh Right hand / Right side
Matifou Spanish (approx 14th century) Alteration of "Tamentfoust"
La Pérouse Colonial from the name of French explorer; Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse


Tamentfoust forms a cap on the Algiers bay - its position on the righthand side of this bay gave rise to the Amazigh name "Tamentfoust" meaning "right hand" or "right side".

Monuments and edifices[edit]

The city has a series of historical buildings, such as Tamentfoust Castle (now a museum) built by Ramdhan Agha in 1661, and the vestiges of the ancient Roman city of Rusguniae. Maritime history is represented by the "Naval Academy of Tamentfoust" known as the biggest naval academy on the continent. The views from the harbour are also a big attraction for visitors.

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Coordinates: 36°48′21″N 3°13′48″E / 36.8058°N 3.2301°E / 36.8058; 3.2301