El Kettar Cemetery

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Women in the El Kettar Cemetery, by Léon Cauvy

El Kettar Cemetery (Arabic: ش كتر مقبرة‎‎) is one of the most famous cemeteries in Algeria. It is situated in a suburb of the city of Algiers in the commune of Oued Koriche. It opened in 1838 replacing the cemetery of Sidi Abderrahmane destroyed in 1830. It was previously known as Dar El Ghrib (the unknown's residence) since foreigners of the city's limit were buried there. The current name, El Kettar (distillery in Arabic), is due to the distillation of jasmine in the Bridja, a funeral monument dating from the Ottoman era. It was built on a steep hill cemetery, because at the time of colonization, the French authorities forbade Muslims to bury their dead in flat terrain.

It comprises tombs of numerous Algerian notables and it is one of the most preferred place for actors and actresses and other artists (opera singers, musicians, painters, sculptors, architects, writers, poets). It also includes the tombs of several scientists, academicians and sportspeople.

The cemetery also contains paintings by Émile Gaudissard.

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Note: This list is very far from complete: the number of notables buried here exceeds 10,000.


Boutalbi, Mohamed (1986). Le Cimetière d'El Kettar: regard sur un espace funéraire (in French). Algiers. p. 304. 

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Coordinates: 36°47′07″N 3°02′58″E / 36.78528°N 3.04944°E / 36.78528; 3.04944