Annaba is known by its nice beaches, whatever inside the city or far from it, you can enjoy the sun, the sand and of course blue mediterranean sea :)
Oued Begrat is one of the best and clean beaches in Annaba, actually this one is little far from the city, it's accessible from Seraïdi (a small village on the top of mountain east of annaba).
You can go to Seraïdi and from then hike through the forest and mountain until the beach.
This is one of important church in all Algeria and an icon of the city on Annaba, it's shown from almost all the city because it is built on a hill, it's well maintained and protected and this shows that it's not forbiden for this christian monument to be an icon of a muslim city in a muslim country.
There is a lot of things to see and to do in Annaba, you can just walk in its streets and see its old building date from the colonial period, relax and take a cafe in 'Cours' square, take a walk on the corniche, visit and shop in its local colorful markets, or go to the beach to enjoy the sun and the sand.
Higher along the Cours de la R?volution, this other building is more difficult to look at as its basement is hidden by the trees that line the Boulevard. Its top is a terrace and the balustrade of the terrace is adorned by amphorae, painted in white.
Another building stands a hundred meters away, also in front of the harbor. It was obviously built in the same period. It is much larger but more sober and has very little décor. I have not found any information about the history of these building but I keep searching. I would not be surprised if at one time it had been a hotel.
Two traditional Berber chests have been given recently to the cathedral. They both are built with strong and tall legs.
The one on the first photo is richly decorated in red and golden.
The one on the second photo is older. It can be several centuries old. It is decorated with carvings, directly on the dark cedar wood.
A wooden statue of the Virgin with the baby Jesus is standing in the nave. On the left, the photo shows it as a profile, while on the right, it shows it from front. It is delicately carved in a hard wood that seems to be cedar.
After Saint Augustin's death, his body was kept in Hippone but when the city was taken by the Moslems, believers brought it to Sardinia. When Sardinia was taken by the Saracens, king Luiprand of Lombardy took it to Genoa and than to Pavia.
Mgr Dupuch, the first bishop of Algiers, obtained from pope Gregory XVI the right cubitus of Saint Augustin. It was brought back to Bône on October 28th 1848 and is now kept as a relic in a stone coffin,
The pulpit stands in the middle of the church, in the twilight (first photo)
The second and third photos shows that it is made of marble of various colors and of various origins.
Enlarge the last photo to see better a piece of red marble with amazing designe, framed by white marble from Carrara and topped by green marble.
This pulpit is a wonder and a masterpiece.
Around the Cathedral are twelve bas-relief representing the twelve steps of the Way of the Cross. I have taken a few of them.
The first photo (step 2) says "Jésus est chargé de la croix" (Jesus is given the cross)
The second photo (step 4) "Jésus rencontre sa très Sainte Mère" (Jesus meets his very Holly Mother). She says "hello, how are you, son ? You should not hold that cross ! It is too heavy for you, you are going to get a sore back !"
The third photo "Jésus tombe sous le poids de la Croix" (Jesus falls by the weight of the cross). Mummy warned you, didn't she ?
The fourth photo "Simon le Cyrénéen aide Jésus ? porter sa croix" (Simon, the Cyrenean helps Jesus to hold his Cross). It is good that at least one of the followers can be of some help ! Others are just staring?
The stain glass windows tell different scene of the life of Saint Augustin. I have photographed only a few of them.
The third photo shows Saint Augustin reading the Bible to Saint Monique, his mother.
The fourth photo shows the death of Saint Monique, Saint Augustin's mother.
Aurelius Augustinus was born on November 13rd 354 in Thageste, now Souk-Ahras, not far from Annaba from Romanized Berber parents. He was a student in Carthage in 372. He was baptized as a Christian in 387 in Milan and came back to Souk-Ahras where he founded the first convent in Northern Africa. He became a priest in Hippone in 391 and was the bishop from 395 until his death in 430.
The basilica is huge and is decorated with numerous stain glass windows that recall the life of Saint Augustin.
The fifth photo is an enlargement of the fourth and shows that they were made in Grenoble, my home town !
"Ant. BESSAC, Grenoble, 1934"
I had never heard of a stain glass window maker in Grenoble but once home, I found that they were still on business and had a website, Atelier Berthier-Bessac. The company was founded in 1860 and run by members of the Bessac family until 1997 when it was sold to Christophe Berthier.
The carving says :
9.X.1881. S.E.Mgr. Combes, Ev?que de Constantine et d'Hippone pose la premi?re Pierre de cette Basilique.
On the 9th of October 1881, His Lordship Excellency Combes, bishop of Constantine and Hippone laid the first stone of this basilica. It was built on the model of the Cathedral of Carthage.
It was consecrated in 1900 but most of the d?cor was made later.
Basilique Saint Augustin (Saint Augustin Basilica) is a main landmark in Annaba.
If you enlarge the first photo (taken from hotel Seybouse), you will see it standing on a mound.
The second photo is a close up but needs too to be enlarged.
The third and the fourth photo were taken under different angles from a car (this is why they are not of a very good quality).
However, the fourth is the one that gives the better an idea of how it looks.
The last photo was taken from the front of the cathedral with very little space : I had to paste four photos to build this one which explains why it is very imperfect. Moreover, it was raining cats and dogs and I could not look for the best shooting angle !
The first photo represents a modern building that has been built in a style that associates modern style of architecture and traditional structures. I feel it was the seat of Algeria Telecom.
The second photo shows a much older private house, built around 1900 in a style that could be found as well in any old style sea side resort in France !