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Visual arts and sculptures in one of the best buildings in the city.

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Palais des Raïs

A luxurious cultural centre

Located at the heart of the Casbah, this building is perhaps the best example of the city in terms of the combination of historical and culture space. It is a stunningly beautiful, 18th-century palace which has had many different uses over time; for example, it was once the main site of the National Library. It is currently home to the Palais des Raïs Centre of Arts and Culture, which hosts evocative exhibitions of visual arts and sculptures, and has a broad programme of conferences and activities. It also organises more informal events, such as children's shows or collections of Algerian craft. And the best thing? The architecture of the palace complex, a real decorative treasure with carved wooden ceilings and symmetrical arcades complete with Solomonic columns and an incredible array of coloured tiles. There are Arabesque reminiscences everywhere. You'll love it!



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