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"Alger La Blanche" Algiers by traveloturc

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This city is the Capital of Algeria with 3 million inhabitants located on the Mediterranean Sea, in the north-central part of the country. This was also lovely and country of France in the history.Although they call the city as "the white Alger" they use to call the Algerians citizens as "pied noires" "black feet".This was before "Happy feet")))
The city is based ( divided) on three parts.
The lower part, the French areas, are made of high French style buildings, with wide boulevards, theatres, cathedrals, etc
The upper part, the kasbah, which was built in the early 16th century as an Ottoman fort and a palace for the local ruler
The third part is the large suburbs surrounding the city...

History....beautiful history ....

According to west historians:
In 1510, following their occupation of Oran and other towns on the coast of Africa, the Spaniards fortified the Penon. In 1516, the amir of Algiers, Selim b. Teumi, invited the corsair brothers Aruj (Oruc)and Khair ad-Din (Hayreddin)Barbarossa to expel the Spaniards. Arouj came to Algiers, caused Selim to be assassinated, and seized the town. Khair ad-Din, succeeding Arouj after the latter was killed in battle against the Spaniards at Tlemcen, was the founder of the pashaluk, afterwards beylik, of Algeria after formally inviting the Sultan to accept sovereignty over the territory and to annex Algiers to the Ottoman Empire.Algiers from this time became the chief seat of the Barbary pirates. In October 1541, the king of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor Charles V sought to capture the city, but a storm destroyed a great number of his ships, and his army of some 30,000, chiefly Spaniards, was defeated by the Algerians under their Pasha,
Who is this Pirate !!!Hayreddin ?
Barbaros Hayreddin Pasha or Hizir Reis before being promoted to the rank of Pasha and becoming the Kaptan-i Derya (Fleet Admiral) of the Ottoman Navy) (c. 1478 – July 4, 1546), was a Turkish privateer and Ottoman admiral who dominated the Mediterranean for decades. He was born on the island of Midilli (Lesbos in today's Greece) and died in Istanbul.
His original name was Yakupoglu Hizir (Hizir son of Yakup). Hayreddin or which literally means "Goodness of the Faith", was an honorary name given to him by Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. He became known as Barbarossa (Redbeard) in Europe, a name he inherited from his older brother Baba Oruç (Father Aruj) after Oruç was killed in a battle with the Spanish in Algeria. Coincidentally, this name sounded like "Barbarossa" (Redbeard) to the Europeans, and he did have a red beard.

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Adieu Mon Pays

After visiting Alger you can understand better the lyrics of the famous singer Enrico Macias born in this beautiful country

J'ai quitté mon pays, j'ai quitté ma maison
Ma vie, ma triste vie se traîne sans raison
J'ai quitté mon soleil, j'ai quitté ma mer bleue
Leurs souvenirs se reveillent, bien après mon adieu
Soleil, soleil de mon pays perdu
Des villes blanches que j'aimais, des filles que j'ai jadis connu
J'ai quitté une amie, je vois encore ses yeux
Ses yeus mouillés de pluie, de la pluie de l'adieu
Je revois son sourire, si près de mon visage
Il faisait resplendir les soirs de mon village
Mais du bord du bateau, qui m'éloignait du quai
Une chaîne dans l'eau a claqué comme un fou
J'ai longtemps regardé ses yeux bleus qui fouillent
La mer les a noyé dans le flot du regret

this is the video of the song :

Adieu mon Pays-Enrico Macias

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  • In a nutshell:nice combination of blue and white
  • Last visit to Algiers: Oct 1999
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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