Architectural Tour, Alger

Architectural Tour (Self Guided), Alger

Alger is a treasure trove of beautifully designed buildings. Structures with vastly different architectural styles sit side by side in harmony with their surroundings. Take this tour and explore Alger's history as reflected in its architecture.
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Architectural Tour Map

Guide Name: Architectural Tour
Guide Location: Algeria » Alger (See other walking tours in Alger)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.1 Km or 3.8 Miles
Author: Cathy
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Superior National Music Institute
  • National Theater of Alger
  • Popular National Assembly
  • Alger Prefecture
  • Grand Post Office
  • Hotel Albert Le 1er
  • Central Faculty of Alger
  • Civic House
  • Hotel El Djazair
Superior National Music Institute

1) Superior National Music Institute

The Superior National Music Institute, built in 1970, is housed in a contemporary building in the center of Alger. This symmetrically-designed structure was created to represent the modern side of the capital of Algeria. In front of the building is a large fountain that includes a sculpture of several mythical running horses.
National Theater of Alger

2) National Theater of Alger

The National Theater of Alger, formerly the Opera of Alger, is located in Place Port Said. It was inaugurated on September 29th, 1853. The building was designed by F. Chassériau and the architect Ponsard. The original building was expanded in 1860 and again in 1871. In 1882, an enormous fire destroyed the building. During the restoration process, it was decided to make the building larger and to add some more ornate elements to the design. The number of seats increased to more than two thousand and the stage was enlarged. The theater hosted the Pan-African music festival in 1969 and was given a more modern look at that time.
Popular National Assembly

3) Popular National Assembly

The Popular National Assembly is the name of the Lower House of Algeria's Parliament. The assembly is housed in a massive building facing the sea. It stands next to the Prefecture of Alger. The building is constructed of enormous bricks, and the result is a very solid, beautiful building that hosts one of the most important organizations in the country.
Alger Prefecture

4) Alger Prefecture

The Prefecture, also known as the Wilaya building, was built in 1904. The building's architecture is a blend of a multitude of styles. The dominant style is Neo-Moorish colonial. The walls of the Prefecture are snow white, which makes it highly visible. The facade of the building has a variety of splendid engravings and ornaments. The pillars give the Prefecture a very aristocratic look. Architect Henri Petit designed the building.
Grand Post Office

5) Grand Post Office (must see)

The Grand Post Office was built in the Neo-Moorish style, a style popularized by Charles Célestin Jonnart. Two talented architects Voinot and Tondoire designed this building for the French Postal Service - a powerful institution during the era of the French colonial empire. The main facade is adorned with three arceaux and the upper gallery with twinned columns. The main doors are made of high-quality wood, and the ceiling of the main room is an architectural jewel. The Grand Post Office is larger and more sophisticated than the other buildings in the area, which makes it one of the most visible and well-known constructions in Alger.
Hotel Albert Le 1er

6) Hotel Albert Le 1er

Hotel Albert Le 1er is a centrally located hotel near the Grand Post Office. The six-story building was constructed from 1929 to 1930. Each floor includes complicated architectural elements and sophisticated iron balconies. The dominant colors of the external walls are white and blue, which blend with the majority of buildings in the Casbah. What makes the hotel stand out from its surroundings are the golden painted objects adorning its exterior.
Central Faculty of Alger

7) Central Faculty of Alger

The Central Faculty of Alger was inaugurated on December 20, 1879. The building was influenced by the French style of architecture. Both flights of stairs at the front of the building are made of expensive marble. They were designed by talented architects Louis Dolphin and Henry Petit. Exquisite labyrinths and amphitheaters, designed by Jean-Jacques Deluz, can be found from the building back toward the botanical garden. The building was restored in 1963 by architect Georgette Cottin.
Civic House

8) Civic House

The Civic House was built in 1935, designed by Léon Claro who won the architectural contest in 1927, announced by Alger's municipal authorities. The building represents a piece of Classic Architecture and bears features of the then emerging Socialist style. From the very beginning, it was planned as a concert hall, exhibition space and municipal library. The central part of the building is an exhibition hall. Upstairs, there is a ballroom, a theater, a conservatory and an art gallery. The interior of the Civic House was worked on by the School of Algiers' painters. Sculptors Paul Belmondo (father of the famous French actor) and George Beguet decorated the bas-relief of the main facade. Currently, this building hosts the headquarters of the UGTA (General Union of Algerian Workers).
Hotel El Djazair

9) Hotel El Djazair

Hotel El Djazair, known previously as Saint George, is a five-star hotel located in the heart of the city. This exquisite structure, built in 1910, is surrounded by a large exotic garden. The building's design is a combination of old Arab Ottoman and Hispano-Moorish architectural styles, which were very fashionable in the eighteenth century. Modern elements are present as well. The design elements found both inside and out represent Algerian traditions and style through their beauty and class. The hotel contains 296 rooms and has 7 senior and 19 junior suites. It is noted for its Algerian, French and Chinese cuisine.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

Walking Tours in Alger, Algeria

Create Your Own Walk in Alger

Create Your Own Walk in Alger

Creating your own self-guided walk in Alger is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Tour of Alger's Casbah Area

Tour of Alger's Casbah Area

Alger's Casbah, or citadel, once surrounded a majority of the city, protecting it from attack. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Casbah District charms with its narrow streets, bustling markets, winding stairs and historic mosques. Take this tour to visit a fascinating section of Alger and to learn about Algerian history.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles