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Casbah

Casbah

The heart of the city is its ancient Casbah, a steep and narrow maze of streets just west of the Pl des Martyrs. There are several magnificent Ottoman palaces to explore here, most concentrated around the Djemaa...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Algiers

National Museum of Antiquities

The richness of Algeria’s heritage is brought home in this museum. The collection of antiquities is drawn from sites around the city and throughout Algeria. Among the early works are fine ivory carvings and...

Historic Site in Algiers

Dar Hassan Pacha

Carrying the name of its original owner, Dar Hassan Pacha, this is one of the city's grandest mansions. The building now houses a collection of illuminated manuscripts and contemporary calligraphy by artists from...

Museum in Algiers

Bardo Museum of Prehistory & Ethnography

Bardo Museum of Prehistory & Ethnography

The Bardo, which focuses on the prehistory of Algeria, is one of the best museums in Algiers. The collection is well-displayed with videos, models and excellent diagrams and information panels (in French) that...

Museum in Algiers

Palais des Raïs

This palace is in fact a row of several large waterfront houses, joined to form a single compound. It is now home to the Centre des Arts et de la Culture, which hosts some excellent art and photographic...

Historic Building in Algiers

Grande Poste

Algiers' beloved main post office is an unmissable piece of living history, a fine example of French-designed, early 20th-century Moorish architecture. Look out for what is possibly the world’s most exquisitely...

Museum in Algiers

Museum of Popular Arts & Traditions

This museum is the most accessible of the buildings one can visit in the Casbah. It is housed in a fine example of an Ottoman-period town house, the Dar Khedaoudj el-Amia, which follows the classic town house...

Gardens in Algiers

Jardin d'Essai

These bayside botanical gardens date to the first years of French occupation and today they are a sprawling natural hothouse. It's a place of outstanding beauty with avenues of palms and stands of exotic trees....

Mosque in Algiers

Djemaa Ketchoua

Of all the mosques in central Algiers, the Djemaa Ketchoua has had the most turbulent history. Its date of construction is estimated as being around the beginning of the 17th century. Its name translates as place...

Mosque in Algiers

Djemma Ali Bitchine

The Djemma Ali Bitchine, which dates to 1622, is a mosque with an unusual domed design clearly influenced by Italian or Byzantine churches. That it should be so is perhaps less of a surprise when you learn that...

Mosque in Algiers

Djemaa el-Kebir

The city's Grand Mosque has ancient heritage. It's built on a rise above the inner port where early Berber and Phoenician inhabitants built a place of prayer. The Romans later turned this into a temple which was...

Mosque in Algiers

Djemaa el-Djedid

Colonial French town planners cleared many Ottoman buildings when they redesigned the Algiers waterfront and laid out what is now the place des Martyrs, but they left the Djemaa el-Djedid. Contrary to its name,...

Monument in Algiers

Makam Echahid

One of the most recognisable landmarks in the city, the Makam Echahid celebrates the sacrifice of the unknown martyr who fell for his country. The monument, constructed by the Canadians in the early 1980s, is...

Museum in Algiers

Musée National du Moudjahid

This museum, which sits directly beneath the Makam Echahid, aims to collect, preserve and display objects and memories of the struggle against colonialism. It starts with the story of the French invasion of 1830,...

Gallery in Algiers

Musée des Beaux Arts

The Musée des Beaux Arts houses the best collection of art in the country. Opened in 1930, it traces the progress of European and particularly French art from the 16th century, starting with Barnaba di Modena,...

Historic Site in Algiers

Dar Aziza Bent el-Bey

Aziza may have been a bent (daughter) of the bey of Constantine, who built the sumptuous Dar Aziza for her. Its whitewashed facade hides one of the most gorgeous of Algiers’ grand houses. The tile work is...

Church in Algiers

Notre Dame d'Afrique

Notre Dame d'Afrique

One of the city's most famous buildings, this Catholic basilica still celebrates mass at 6pm daily, despite its dwindling flock. Its striking neo-Byzantine architecture and freshly restored more-is-more interior...