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#7of 42 things to do in Algiers

Bastion 23

The Palais des Rais (Arabic: قصر الرياس‎), also known as Bastion 23, is a classified historical monument[1][2] located in Algiers, Algeria. It is notable for its architecture and for being the last surviving quarter (houma) of the lower Casbah.[1]

Consisting of three palaces and six houses, whose history began with the construction of Bordj-Ez-zoubia in 1576 by the Dey Ramdhan Pasha in order to reinforce the means of defence of this side of the Medina, this quarter ended up being detached, and even isolated from its traditional environment following the restructuring of the lower Casbah during the French period.[3]

It was not until 1909 that Bastion 23 was classified as a Historical Monument under the name Group of Moorish houses.

#2 of 42 things to do in Algiers

Le Jardin d'Essai du Hamma

The Test Garden of Hamma (Arabic: حديقة التجارب الحامة‎), (French: Jardin d'Essai du Hamma) is a 58-hectare (140-acre) botanical garden (38 hectares (94 acres) of gardens and 20 hectares (49 acres) of arboretum) located in the Mohamed Belouizdad (formerly Hamma-Anassers) district of Algiers. It was established in 1832.

#8 of 42 things to do in Algiers

Musee National du Bardo

The Bardo National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography (Arabic: المتحف الوطني باردو‎, El-mathaf El-ouatani Bardo, French: Musée National de Préhistoire et d'Ethnographie du Bardo) is a national museum located in Algiers, Algeria.

The edifice is a former Moorish villa.[1] It was opened as a museum in 1927.[2]

Nothing specific is known about this residence, formerly in the countryside and now encompassed in the modern city. H. Klein tells us that the palace was built in the eighteenth century and that it would have been the property of Prince Omar before the French conquest. A document, in the form of a drawing signed by Captain Longuemare, specifies that it is a certain Mustapha ben Omar who was a very rich Tunisian. In 1926, the Bardo Palace was ceded to the Domains by Mrs Frémont, sister and heiress of Pierre Joret.[3]

#1 of 41 things to do in Algiers

Basilique Notre-Dame d'Afrique

Notre Dame d'Afrique (Our Lady of Africa), also known as Lalla Meriem or Madame l'Afrique, is a Roman Catholic basilica in Algiers, Algeria.
It was Louis-Antoine-Augustin Pavy, who served as the Bishop of Algiers from 1846 to 1866, who paved the way for its construction.[1] The basilica was inaugurated in 1872, after fourteen years of construction. It was founded by Charles Lavigerie.[2] Its architect, Jean-Eugène Fromageau, who had been appointed the chief architect for ecclesiastical buildings in French Algeria in 1859, employed a Neo-Byzantine style.[3] Its floor plan is unusual as the choir is situated on the southeast instead of the usual east side of the building.
The basilica contains 46 stained glass windows installed in the 19th century. They were blown out during a bombing of the area in April 1943 and have been restored twice since the end of World War II.
The basilica was damaged by the 2003 Boumerdès earthquake. A reconstruction project was initiated by Archbishop Henri Teissier in 2003, but work on the project didn't start until the spring of 2007. The total cost of restoration was 5.1 million euros. The project took three years to complete.

#5 of 41 things to do in Algiers

La Grande Poste d'Alger

Rue Ben M'hidi Larbi,
Algiers 16000 Algeria

2.7 miles from Hotel Hydra

Sun - Sat: 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

#4 of 41 things to do in Algiers

Casbah of Algiers

The Casbah (Arabic: قصبة‎, qaṣba, meaning citadel (fortress)) is specifically the citadel of Algiers in Algeria and the traditional quarter clustered around it. In 1992, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed Kasbah of Algiers a World Cultural Heritage site, as "There are the remains of the citadel, old mosques and Ottoman-style palaces as well as the remains of a traditional urban structure associated with a deep-rooted sense of community

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