Annaba Travel Guide

  • Face a la gare
    Face a la gare
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  • The bone of Saint Augustine
    The bone of Saint Augustine
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  • Saint Augustine
    Saint Augustine
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Annaba Things to Do

  • Annaba beaches

    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...

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  • Basilique Saint-Augustin

    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.

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  • SightSeeing in Annaba

    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.

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  • The amphorae building

    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.

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  • Another 1900 architecture

    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.

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  • Berber chests

    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.

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  • Virgin with baby

    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.

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  • Relic of Saint Augustin

    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...

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  • The pulpit

    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...

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  • Way of the Cross

    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 ?...

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  • Life of saint Augustin

    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.

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  • Grenoble made stain glass windows !

    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...

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  • Basilique Saint Augustin, 1881

    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...

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  • Basilique Saint Augustin

    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...

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  • Interesting architecture

    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 !

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  • Seat of the Wilaya

    The seat of the wilaya of Annaba stands in front of hotel Seybouse. It is a white building standing behind strong iron grids; as the photo was taken on a Friday, everything was close and there are only the national flag waiving with the wind. The wali (head of the wilaya) is designated by the state and represents it locally.

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  • Wall paintings

    At several places in the city, wall paintings are showing.The painting shown on the first photo stands in front of Hotel Seybouse and represent a battle between Arabs, riding horses and the French army at the time of the conquest of Algeria.The second one is in a square closer to the seafront and represents peasants harvesting manually a large...

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  • Lycée Pierre-et-Marie-Curie

    Lycée Pierre-et-Marie-Curie has always been the best High School of AnnabaThe first photo shows the Lycée in its surrounding from the 11th level of Hotel Seybouse. On the right, a playground framed with low buildings and shaded with trees. In the center of the picture, the main playground framed by the two levels main building, built in a Mauresque...

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Annaba Restaurants

  • No name

    This unnamed restaurant stands, together with a couple of others in a side street, very close (30m) from the upper part of Cours de la Révolution. They serve grilled sausages (turkey), meat (mutton) and merguez (local mutton sausages with spices) with salad, harissa (chili sauce). They do not sell alcohol.

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  • Restaurant of Hotel Seybouse

    Restaurant of Hotel Seybouse stands at the 13th level of the hotel. The food is good, mildly local, not too much international but I would not advise it for a gastronomical meal. They serve alcohol. These grilled mullets were delicious.

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Annaba Transportation

  • By bus

    There are many busses that connect Annaba with most of the cities around Annaba and even much further. Even in very small hamlets, you will find this sign that means that there is a regular bus connection. However, you will have to ask locals when it is coming.

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  • By plane

    The airport has been given the name of President Mohamed Boudiaf that was assassinated in Annaba. Annaba airport is connected by regular flights with most airports inside Algeria (four times a day with Algiers). It has regular flights with Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Djeddah.The second photo shows the bay of Annaba and the third the Cap de Garde.

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  • By train

    The first photo does not represent a mosque but the clock tower of the train station. That makes sense : you have better to know the time to catch your train! There are regular connections with Algiers (10h), Oran and other places

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Annaba Local Customs

  • Private advertising

    On this board, private advertising is allowed for selling second hand material. On the right "Vcd-PC, DVD-CD, Playstation, X Box, Gameboy" No translation needed, except for the first "V" that stands for "vends" (Sell)

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  • Keep the country tidy !

    The authorities, both at a national and at a local level make a big effort to keep the country tidy but the job is difficult, mainly because of plastic bags. People buy abroad a press, one kilo of granulated plastic, make their own plastic bags that they sell on the markets and make their living on this job

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  • New districts under construction

    The population of Algeria is growing fast and the country suffers of a terrible lack of lodging. In the recent years, the government has launched a great many programs of extensive building new districts around every city. On this photo, you can see on top of the hill a whole new district that is still under construction.

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Annaba Warnings and Dangers

  • Pollution by steel industry

    Annaba praises itself to be the Algerian capital of steel. Former President Houari Boumedienne favored the industrial development of the country and built close to Annaba, in El Hadjar a huge, state owned steel complex. It has now been privatized and is run by an Indian company but it still pollutes as much as it used to do.

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  • Pollution by phosphates plant

    Annaba has several plants very close to the city. This photo was taken from the 11th level of Seybouse Hotel in the early morning. The plant in the middle should be, if I have well understood our friend, the power station for the harbor. On the right and in the background, a little outside the city, stands the highly polluting phosphate complex....

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  • Warning : School

    I collect photos of "Warning, School" road signs in every country. Of course, that is especially interesting when these signs are "home made" and of different styles. This is the case in Algeria but on our recent travel, we were not on our own and this is the only one I could shoot. I must however have some of them from former travels in my slides;...

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Annaba Tourist Traps

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    by JLBG Written Dec 30, 2005

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    This the menu in the Restaurant of Seybouse Hotel. It is written altogether in Arab, in French and in English. You can have onion soup, vegetable cream or sinners soup !! Wow, what can be the latter !? Actually, that is an inappropriate translation of "soupe des pêcheurs" (fishermen soup). If pêcheurs (with a circumflex) means fishermen, "pécheurs" (with an acute) means sinners ! Are you disappointed not to have a real sinners soup ?

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  • Fast food !

    On a nearby stand, under a protective glass cover, you could buy a dish to eat on the spot. The man had four rectangular metal dishes, one with cooked potatoes, one with raw onions cut in small pieces, one with cooked ground meat and one with shopped parsley. He put some of each in a plate and that was it !

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  • Open air souq

    From our hotel room, we could see the booth of an open air market on a small square (first photo). The second photo is a close up that shows that it looks busy. We had to take a closer look. Once we reached the market, we saw that they sold shoes and clothes (third photo), piled in heaps on stands that were all about one meter high. In some parts...

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  • Shopping arcade, the shops

    The first photo shows the arcade with the shops. As it was Thursday afternoon (equivalent of our Saturday), it was very busy.The shops were mainly but not only ladies wear. The second and the third photo shows that the dresses are very colorful and of various styles.The last photo shows dresses that are meant for wedding and that are richly...

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Modest underwears
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Another former department store
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Former department store, the Sahara at home !
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Former department store
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The "march? arabe"
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USO at the "Marché français"!
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Pancakes at the "Marché français"!
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Chili at the "Marché français"!
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Butchers section at the "March? fran?ais"!
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Jerusalem artichokes at the "March? fran?ais"!
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Olives and pickles at the "March? fran?ais"!
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Bulk spices at the "Marché français"!
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Bulk dry vegetables at the "Marché français"!
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Ground dates at the "Marché français"!
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Dates at the "Marché français"!
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March? fran?ais
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Chinese built towers
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New districts already inhabited
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Photo, please !
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La Cigogne
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Cabinet médical de Pneumo-allergologie
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Liberté
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Roasted chestnuts
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Palais de la culture et des arts Mohamed Boudiaf
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The main mosque
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The town hall
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Cours de la Révolution 2
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Cours de la Révolution 1
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Decaying houses
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The theater.
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1900 private house
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1906 building
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Maison de l'Agriculture
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Hotel d'Orient
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Palais consulaire
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The lions and caryatides building, close-ups.
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The lions and caryatides building
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