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Algeria: 13 Algiers - Basilica Notre-Dame d'Afrique

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Algeria: 13 Algiers - Basilica Notre-Dame d'Afrique , 1872, Agfa slide (1980) scanned

As today we celebrate the Annunciation, a religious subject image. So we will make a brief foray in Algiers, capital of Algeria.
Notre Dame d'Afrique basilica is built on a promontory dominating the Mediterranean Sea by 124 m. It is positioned at the confluence of the neighborhoods of Bab el Oued ( " river door") and St Eugene (today Bologhine). It is considered a twin sister (though not too similar but that position!) from Marseille church of Notre Dame de la Garde .
Construction takes between 1856 and 1872. In 1876, Pope Pius IX raises to the rank of Basilica. It was the work of French architect Jean-Eugène Fromageau, in a style that the French have used throughout North Africa - a mix of neo-Byzantine architecture with some Moorish inserts. Byzantine model was preferred because it was close to the Turkish past of Algeria (France conquered Algiers Regency, a vassal state of the "Ottoman Sublime Porte" (Algiers was the base in the past of Hızır's Pasha - known in the West as Barbarossa Hayreddin ).
"Its symbolic and religious importance can be summed up by the inscription on the apse: Notre Dame d'Afrique priez pour nous et pour les Musulmans ("Our Lady of Africa, pray for us and for the Muslims")" says english Wikipedia . The church has an organ which was inaugurated by French composer Camille Saint Saens (resident in Algiers quite some of his life). In the colonial era basilica was done with access to a lift, disappeared during time.
It is also a belvedere, from here you can look perfect huge semicircular bay of Algiers

It was inaugurated by Cardinal Lavigerie (as a matter of fact I lived in the neighborhood that I then wear names - Lavigerie), whose statue is in front of the church. Affected by the earthquake in 2003, was restored in 2010 on the initiative of the French state funding. Despite its historical importance, the Catholic cathedral of Algiers is another church, Sacre-Coeur Cathedral , built in 1956 and built in an architecture very audacious for its time, modernist concrete apparently (the main idea of ​​the image of a tent, inspired by a passage from the Gospel of John).

And a little anecdote that told us there in 1977 when I visited it the first time, that until I recently checked on the net, I thought it was just a local legend. The lower register of the basilica, the interior is dominated by a huge mass of stones votive (ex voto). One of them wrote: "I thank God and the Virgin Mary. At the beginning, God created heaven and earth." It was placed there, in 1974, by Frank Borman, Apollo 8 mission pilot, the first mission to orbit the moon in 1968. Votive plaque was put there by Borman after the mission, because during this mission he got some serious health problems.

If you have time and curiosity, look at this little video clip that shows the description above content.

Tags: Africa Architecture Old pictures Slide Basilica Algiers Notre-Dame dAfrique

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ColleenA Plus
7 420 6 Australia
25 Mar 2014 12:22PM
I am so loving this series, it's a new lesson every day interesting

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SUE118 Plus
11 8 1 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2014 12:32PM
Very interesting I agree with Colleen.
gss 5 1 Romania
25 Mar 2014 12:33PM

Quote:I am so loving this series, it's a new lesson every day interesting

The series represents a summary of four years of formidable experience life in a country initially exotic, and ultimately became very close to my heart.
And each photo isn't only an image, it is also a whole story.
nonur Plus
10 18 13 Turkey
25 Mar 2014 1:28PM
As you explain, they appear to be worth revisiting them, Silviu. I also agree with the comments above.
barbarahirst 11 27 12 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2014 2:14PM
loved the video as a bonus
9 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2014 2:48PM
Another wonderful architectural chapter in this superb series Silviu.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
debu 9 India
25 Mar 2014 2:48PM
Great capture.
mistere Plus
6 4 3 England
25 Mar 2014 6:28PM

Quote:Another wonderful architectural chapter in this superb series Silviu.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

Thank you for taking the time to provide such interesting history with these images Silviu.
Wonderful work.

25 Mar 2014 8:02PM
Great shot and write up Silviu. Cathy
Chinga Plus
8 3 1 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2014 12:09PM
Wonderful building...
Love this... IB

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