Tour of Alger's El Madania and El Hamma Districts (Self Guided), Alger

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.
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Tour of Alger's El Madania and El Hamma Districts Map

Guide Name: Tour of Alger's El Madania and El Hamma Districts
Guide Location: Algeria » Alger (See other walking tours in Alger)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Author: Cathy
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • 20 August 1955 Stadium
  • Garden d'Essai
  • National Museum of Fine Arts
  • National Library of El Hamma
  • Cemetery Sidi M'hamed
  • Bachir Ibrahimi
  • Martyrs Memorial
  • Military Museum
20 August 1955 Stadium

1) 20 August 1955 Stadium

The 20,000-seat 20 August 1955 Stadium is the home stadium for the CR Belouizdad and the OMR El Anasser football teams. It is one of the oldest stadiums in the city, and it hosts a variety of sports events, including the Algerian favorite- football. Come visit and admire the site where many historical national and international matches have taken place.
Garden d'Essai

2) Garden d'Essai

The Garden d'Essai, established in 1832, is the most marvelous park and botanical garden in Alger. The aroma of the exotic flora combined with the scent of the sea will charm you. The organization that runs the garden not only keeps it looking amazing, but also studies, maintains and cultivates a variety of trees, plants and bushes. The Garden d'Essai also supplies the city markets with exotic products such as cocoa, coffee and cotton. The garden is divided into three main sections, which include the Garden of the Frenchmen, the Garden of the Englishmen and the Zoological garden. A remarkable fountain sits at the center of the park.
National Museum of Fine Arts

3) National Museum of Fine Arts (must see)

The National Museum of Fine Arts is the largest museum of arts in Maghreb and Africa. The museum had a collection before there was even a place to house it. After twenty years of inactivity, Paul Guion, a young architect, was hired to construct a building fit to display the museum's growing collection. The interior rooms were decorated by Francis Jourdain. Each of the floors in the three-story building showcases a different collection. Thanks to a variety of donations and judicious purchases, the museum has some fine pieces by well-recognized artists such as Pissarro, Renoir, Courbet and Matisse. In addition to paintings, the museum has a large collection of sculptures, photographs, ceramics and decorative arts.
National Library of El Hamma

4) National Library of El Hamma

The National Library of El Hamma is located in a picturesque area overlooking the beautiful Garden of Essai. The library, built in 1958, is one of the most contemporary structures in the city. The design is an assemblage of geometrical figures. The hall of the library, in addition to serving as a place to read and study, often hosts a variety of expositions. The library is open from Sunday to Thursday.

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Cemetery Sidi M'hamed

5) Cemetery Sidi M'hamed

Cemetery Sidi M'hamed is a Muslim graveyard located in the El Hamma District of Alger. The cemetery is named after Sidi M'hamed, a religious leader who later became a holy man. His grave can be found here. Locals honor the cemetery for its historic and cultural value.
Bachir Ibrahimi

6) Bachir Ibrahimi

Bachir Ibrahimi is one of the most unusual mosques in Alger. In 1966, it replaced what was Saint Jean Baptiste Church. Modernist architect Ferdinand Pouillon designed the original structure. He chose its location well, taking into account how the church would blend with the city landscape. Since transforming to a mosque, a sumptuous minaret designed by Mohamed Boumehdi has been added to the building.
Martyrs Memorial

7) Martyrs Memorial (must see)

The Martyrs Memorial is an iconic concrete monument commemorating the Algerian war for independence. The monument was opened in 1982 on the 20th anniversary of Algeria's independence. It is fashioned in the shape of three standing palm leaves which shelter the "Eternal Flame" beneath. At the edge of each palm leaf stands a statue of a soldier, each representing a stage of Algeria's struggle. The monument has been erected on the site of an ancient military fort. Consisting of three stylized fins that join mid-height, concrete monument built by the Canadian company Lavalin, based on a model produced in the Beaux-Arts in Algiers under the leadership of Bashir Yelles, it gets to a height of 92 metres. Nine months were necessary to build this architectural work. The monument was inaugurated by the then President Chadli Bendjedid in February 1986.
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Military Museum

8) Military Museum

The Military Museum of Alger is located on Riadh el Feth Square, which is next to the Monument of Martyrs. The museum, in addition to teaching about the battle for Algerian independence, displays pieces relating to the Algerian army's history from the prehistoric age through today. The museum has an incredible collection of weapons and other instruments used in warfare.

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.
Architectural Tour

Architectural Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.1 Km or 3.8 Miles
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
Museums Tour

Museums Tour

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: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 Km or 3 Miles
Religious Buildings

Religious Buildings

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 or 3.5 Miles