1- Fort and chapel of Santa Cruz: A view, a story

Fort de Santa Cruz: Centerpiece of Oran Bay

Built between 1577 and 1604 on a height of 400 meters above the Mediterranean Sea, the fortress represented a strategic military point for the Spanish and French soldiers thereafter.

The fort has undergone several reconstructions following military and natural destruction, and was listed in 1950 as one of the natural sites that bear witness to the Algerian-Franco-Spanish history

 Fort de Santa Cruz Oran
the Fort of Santa Cruz, Oran

The Chapel of Santa Cruz, Protectress of the City

Below the building is the Santa Cruz chapel, exhibiting a large statue of the Virgin Mary, protector of the city of Oran.

The latter was erected following the Cholera epidemic which struck the city in 1849, and by this fact, immediately after the prayers of the faithful, a curtain of rain fell on the city, cleaning it from the epidemic.

The chapel was classified as a national monument on December 17, 2003, you can start your visit of the city of Oran, with the unmissable Fort and Chapel of Santa Cruz, you will certainly spot all your next visits from afar.

Chapelle de Santa Cruz et statue de la vierge 


Chapel of Santa Cruz and statue of the Virgin
2-Boulevard de l’ALN: The balcony overlooking the Mediterranean


Connecting the east side to the west of the city center, Boulevard de l’ALN is one of the city’s most important landmarks.

The seafront is the famous artery (boulevard de l’ALN) of the city of Oran running along the historic city center from east to west, from the Zabana roundabout to the wall of the fortress of the Palais du Bey.

True balcony on the sea and in particular the port, of which one never tires of observing the movement, the seafront boulevard is a very pleasant place of family stroll until late during the summer nights. To the east of the port, the large and aggressive chimney is that of the power station built in the early 1950s.

The seafront promenade stretches for 2 kilometers, and is easily accessible from the center of the city of Oran on foot.

Otherwise, take a trip to the end of the boulevard, on the Zabana roundabout side, you will find a splendid family garden, “Esplanade de Sidi M’hamed”, lively day and night, perched on the sea, a place of relaxation for families, groups of friends and children and a night meeting point for its conviviality and safety.

you will surely meet there dancers and sportsmen who dazzle you with their talents, or even free screenings of Algerian films.

Fron de mer dOran2

Sea front of Oran

3- Oran city center: meeting of religions and modernism


 Oran is called “La Radieuse” on Bey Hassan, the last governor of Oran before the French colonial capture, nicknamed “El Bahi”, or the radiant.

However, this city center of the history of Algeria and capital of the west, erased from its crossroads of cultures and history.

Place d’Armes: Historic heart of the city

Currently called Place de 1er novembre 1954, La Place d’Armes is considered the historic heart of the city of Oran, it is at the crossroads of several roads that you come from the port, the seafront and the city center. city.

In its center, there is an obelisk bearing the effigy of Emir Abdelkader, surmounted by a sculpture called “La Gloire” by the French sculptor Aimé-Jules Dalou.

Surrounding the square with their colonial architecture, the majestic historical buildings that are the town hall with giant sculptures of two lions, on which the city was named; and the opera house have watched over the square for over a century.

To get there, a Tramway station is present at this level, or otherwise a few minutes walk from the Seafront.

 Place darmes oran
Place d'armes

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart: Regional Library of Oran

It is very likely that you have already met the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, on a postcard, book or magazine, because it is impossible to speak of Oran without having to mention it.

This cathedral was the second cathedral in the city during the French period, the first being the Saint-Louis church rebuilt in 1831 by the French on the remains of an old Spanish church built in 1509 but which had been largely destroyed by the earthquake of 1790. Its construction began on April 20, 1903 and ended on February 9, 1913. It was consecrated on April 9, 1930.

In a Roman-Byzantine style, it was designed by the architect Albert Ballu and the work was carried out by the construction company of the brothers Auguste and Gustave Perret.

The Crypt of the cathedral was completed in 1906 (currently a media library) and the large Cavaillé-Coll-Mutin organ was inaugurated on February 3, 1918.

 Cathdrale du Sacr coeur
Sacred Heart Cathedral

4- Regional Theater of Oran: The Algerian artistic pole


In 1967, the opera of Oran was transformed into the National Theater of Western Algeria, in 1971 it was called the Algerian National Theater of the West, its leaders had to wait until 1972 for the theater to enjoy its independence. financial and artistic, and since the Regional Theater of Oran has continued to be a driving wheel of artistic creation in Algeria.

The Regional Theater of Oran opens its doors every day of the week and to all segments of society, small and large, Fridays and Tuesdays are reserved for young audiences, the rest of the week the program is oriented for adults, play, concert and literary and poetic afternoon.

                                          Thtre rgionale dOran 2Thtre rgionale dOran

Oran regional theater

7- Convention center


Commissioned in April 2010, the Oran Convention Center is the emblem of new business tourism, combining quality and modernity. Ideally located by the sea, it is the key asset of business tourism in Oran.

You can choose to plan events or receive support at the exhibition center, so you will find several opportunities there.

 Centre de convention dOran
Oran Convention Center

6-  Mosque

Ibn Badis Mosque

One of the most prominent symbols of the city of Oran, the Abdelhamid Ibn Badis mosque has become an essential reference with its particular architectural style and a destination par excellence for tourists and personalities visiting Oran.

Built in Hai Djamel Eddine to the east of Oran, the Abdelhamid Ben Badis mosque is distinguished by its 104-meter-high glass-covered minaret. It is the largest mosque in the city of Oran and all of Orania. It is baptized in the name of an icon of religious nationalism Abdelhamid Ben Badis.

It includes two large prayer rooms for men and women as well as a vast esplanade, offering a total capacity of 25,000 worshippers.

 Mosque Ibn Badis2
7-  Pasha Mosque

The Hassan Pasha Mosque is a mosque in Oran built in 1796, under the reign of Bey Mohamed El-Kébir, by order of Pasha Baba Hassan of Algiers, in memory of the expulsion of the Spaniards. He contributed to its construction with the money from the redemption of Christian captives.

Located at the bottom of rue benamara Boutkhil, formerly rue de Phillippe, the Pasha mosque, which became a listed historical monument on 06/08/1952, captivates the curiosity of passers-by, its minaret dominates most of the houses and seduces the eye with its elegance of its proportions. It is octagonal in shape, decorated with stripes in relief imitating the joint of dressed stones and surrounded, on each of its three floors, by enamelled and squared areas like mosaics.

Oran La Mosquee du Pacha

Pacha Mosque 


7- Palace of the Bey


The palace of the Bey is one of the few Ottoman monuments in the city, located in the Sidi El-Houari district, it is on the ramparts of the Roza Alcazar fortress.

It was built by Mohamed Ben Othman, known as El-Kébir, after having victoriously triumphed over the Spaniards in 1792. From then on he made it his residence as well as the seat of his administration.

Moreover, strategically located, the palace dominates both the port while monitoring the hinterland, which earned it the occupation of the French army from 1931 to 1962.

Of Arab-Andalusian architecture, it has an area of approximately 5.6 hectares. It is made up of a diwan, a suite, a harem, a courtyard and several other adjacent facilities, including two major monuments, the red keeps whose construction dates back to 1345 and the old Spanish barracks which had served as stables.

 Palais du bey
Bey's Palace


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