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Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique (Algiers)

 Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique (Algiers)

 

 

North of Upper Town

Open: 11am- 12:30pm and 3- 5:30pm

 

 

 

 

Description of Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique

Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique or Our Lady of Africa is a Roman Catholic Church that was constructed in Algiers overlooking city below. Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique was built between 1858 and 1872 under supervision of a French architect Jean Eugene Fromageau. He designed his magnificent cathedral in a Roman and neo- Byzantine architectural style. The site of Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique is chosen effectively. It stands on a 124 m (407 feet) high cliff overlooking the Bay of Algiers. It was constructed from sandstone, decorated with blue and white mosaics and topped by a large dome with a silver cross. The interior of Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique is richly decorated with religious paintings, mosaics, stained glass, columns and arches. The apse of the altar is decorated with an inscriptions dedicated to Holy Virgin asking for her prayers for Catholics and Muslims alike. The courtyard of Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique has a statue of an "African Queen", a monument to the Catholic missionaries who came to Algiers to spread Christianity. You can reach the church by a funicular from the bottom of the hill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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