Architectural Tour of Alger, 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.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Architectural Tour of Alger Map

Guide Name: Architectural Tour of Alger
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: 5.9 km
Author: Cathy
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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: 1.9 km
Museums Tour of Alger

Museums Tour of Alger

Alger, as the capital of Algeria, has always been exposed to international influences and ideas. This international flavor is evident in the city's museums. The museums also do a fabulous job of portraying Algerian traditions and character. Take this tour to experience Alger's museums that excel at illuminating the old and the new, the foreign and the local.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Shopping Tour of Alger

Shopping Tour of Alger

Alger is a great city for shopping. Visit its old-fashioned street markets and small boutiques that sell the most diverse and colorful products, including everything from food to antique tableware and jewelry. The Algerian spirit is evident in shops all over the city. The exotic scent of condiments and the bright colors of local fruit are just some of the experiences that will delight your senses on this tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Tour of Alger's El Madania and El Hamma Districts

Tour of Alger's El Madania and El Hamma Districts

Alger's El Madania and El Hamma Districts, though not centrally located, are home to some of the most popular monuments in the city. Here you can visit the Monument of Martyrs, the Garden d'Essai and the Zoological Garden among other must-see landmarks. Take this tour to discover the highlights of Alger's El Madania and El Hamma Districts.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Places of Worship Tour of Alger

Places of Worship Tour of Alger

Alger is a highly religious city, which is reflected in the numerous mosques and other religious structures lining the streets. Most places of worship in Alger have a rich history and can provide you with a wealth of information regarding Algerian faith. Take this tour to visit some of Alger's most historic and fascinating places of worship.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Alger for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Alger has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Alger, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.