Algiers the White (Alger La Blanche), Algeria

A panoramic photograph of “Algiers the White” (Alger la Blanche) with the city’s glistening buildings rising from the sea, viewed from the overlook at Victory Park, home of the towering Martyr’s Memorial, a dominant landmark constructed in 1982 to mark the 20th anniversary of Algeria’s independence

On our second day in Algiers, we had a panoramic city driving tour to see the old and new highlights of Algiers the White (Alger la Blanche), so named for the city’s glistening buildings rising from the sea and up the hillsides overlooking the Bay of Algiers.  For details (text and photographs) on the Casbah, see our previous blog post “Algiers Casbah, Algeria”.  The casbah is in the center of the panorama, above, where the hillside buildings meet the waters of the Bay.

The towering Martyr’s Memorial (Memorial du Martyr), also known as Maqam Echahid, a dominant landmark constructed in 1982 to marking the 20th anniversary of Algeria’s independence, Algiers Victory Park, Algeria

“Opened in 1982 to honor the 20th anniversary of Algeria’s brutal and bloody war for independence, this impressive concrete monument is a testament to the country’s long struggle to throw off its French colonizers.

“The memorial rises 302 feet tall and is comprised of three soaring “palm leaves,” each punctuated at the base by a statue of a single Algerian soldier.  In the center of the monument sits an eternal flame.  The memorial was erected on the site on an old military fort on a hill in Algiers, allowing it to be seen up and down the capital city’s long and winding coastline.

“The memorial is free to visit (although soldiers will most likely prevent you from getting close to the eternal flame) and the surrounding plaza is a popular gathering spot. Entrance to the nearby military museum (Musem de l’Armee), which is located at the opposite end of the square, is free to enter and has a wide collection of exhibits that provide more context on Algeria’s complicated relationship with France.” — www.atlasobscura.com/places/martyrs-memorial

Algerian housing, originally built by the French colonialists for housing French people, near Victory Park and the Martyr’s Memorial (Memorial du Martyr), Algiers, Algeria

Algeria’s military museum (Musem de l’Arme) is located across Victory Park from the Martyr’s Memorial (Memorial du Martyr), Algiers, Algeria

The Algiers Botanical Garden (Jardin d’essai du Hamma), viewed from Victory Park, Algiers, Algeria

La Grande Poste d’Alger (The Grand Post Office) is a majestic white building that is a piece of living history and a classic example of French-inspired Hispano-Moorish architecture; Algiers, Algeria

Hotel Albert 1er is an example of classic French colonial style architecture in downtown Algiers, Algeria

Most of downtown Algiers, Algeria, was built by the French in the 1800s

The Church of Notre Dame of Africa, a Catholic Basilica, towers over the western shoreline of Algiers, Algeria, where there are beaches and the El Kettani public swimming pool (near the Presidential Palace)

A close-up of the Church of Notre Dame of Africa (Notre Dame d’Afrique), Algiers, Algeria, sitting on a promontory above the city; it was Inaugurated in 1872 and is seen as a symbol of religious tolerance in a Muslim country

Contemporary office and residential buildings on the western side of the city, Algiers, Algeria

A view of Algiers the White from the Port of Algiers, with the Casbah of Algiers on the hill and French colonial buildings lining the waterfront; Algeria

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