17 Facts About Algiers


Algiers is located on the Mediterranean Sea and in the north-central portion of Algeria.

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Algiers is situated on the west side of a bay of the Mediterranean Sea.

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Algiers is known as el-Behdja or "Algiers the White" for its whitewashed buildings, seen rising from the sea.

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Algiers had earlier built his own house and a Sanhaja center at Ashir, just south of Algiers.

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Nominally part of the sultanate of Tlemcen, Algiers had a large measure of independence under Thaaliba amirs of its own due to Oran being the chief seaport of the Ziyanids.

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However, Algiers continued to be of comparatively little importance until after the expulsion of the Moors from Spain, many of whom sought asylum in the city.

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Aruj came to Algiers, ordered the assassination of Selim, and seized the town and ousted the Spanish in the Capture of Algiers .

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Le Corbusier was highly critical of the urban style of Algiers, describing the European district as "nothing but crumbling walls and devastated nature, the whole a sullied blot".

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Algiers criticised the difference in living standards he perceived between the European and African residents of the city, describing a situation in which "the 'civilised' live like rats in holes" whereas "the 'barbarians' live in solitude, in well-being".

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In October 1988, one year before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Algiers was the site of demonstrations demanding the end of the single-party system and the creation of a real democracy baptized the "Spring of Algier".

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City of Algiers is composed of 13 administrative districts, sub-divided into 57 communes listed below with their populations at the 1998 and 2008 Censuses:.

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Algiers possesses a college with schools of law, medicine, science and letters.

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Algiers was a walled city from the time of the deys until the close of the 19th century.

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Algiers is an important economic, commercial and financial center, with in particular a stock exchange with a capitalisation of 60 million euros.

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The project of the bay of Algiers will comprise six small islands, of which four of round form, connected to each other by bridges and marinas and will include tourist and residential complexes.

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The tourism of Algiers is growing but is not as developed as that of the larger cities in Morocco or Tunisia.

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Presence of a large diplomatic community in Algiers prompted the creation of multiple international educational institutions.

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