The Basilica of Our Lady of Africa

Built in the Byzantine Revival style, its eye-catching, wonderfully colourful interior is a sight to see.

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The Basilica of Our Lady of Africa

Referential Catholic church

Although it might seem unlikely at first glance, this is a Catholic place of worship, one of the architectural legacies of the thirteen decades of French rule in Algeria. This Basilica was built following the designs of architect Jean Eugène Fromageau, who chose a Byzantine Revival style, making its most impressive elements the various domes that crown the church. Inside, the choir is especially interesting as it faces south east and not east, as was tradition, and the large fresco behind the choir is not to be missed. The range of colours is also one of the star features. The church took forty years to build and it didn't open to the public until 1872. It is home to the image of Our Lady of Africa, after which the church is named, a bronze statue of uniquely dark hues.

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