We prepared for you and your family the Tour of Oran so you can get to know the city where you will race. The tour will take about two hours.
The central station of Oran
Neo-Moorish style, it is designed by the architect Albert Ballu and built by the company Perret brothers, during the French colonization. Its architecture takes up the symbols of the three religions. Thus its external appearance is that of a mosque, where the clock is shaped like a minaret; the gates of the doors, windows and ceiling of the dome bear the Star of David; while the interior paintings of the ceilings bear Christian crosses.
Market la Bastille
This popular market is spread over the long street of Aures where fruits, vegetables, spices and many organic products are sold. It is very busy because really cheap.
The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Oran (Algeria), Roman-Byzantine style, was built from 1904 to 1913.
Monsignor Cantel, Bishop of Oran from 1899 to 1910, found on his arrival a city housing nearly 80,000 Europeans, and St. Louis Cathedral, located at the western end of the ancient city, can no longer meet the needs of a population settling in the vast districts of the new city which are being erected to the east of the old city. He undertakes to build a new cathedral.
The square of November 1st
The square of November 1, 1954 (former Place d’Armes) is considered as the historic heart of the city of Oran. In its center, there is an obelisk bearing the likeness of Emir Abdelkader, topped by a sculpture called “The Glory” of the French sculptor Aimé-Jules Dalou.
Surrounding the square with their colonial architecture, the majestic historic buildings that are the town hall and the opera watch over the place for more than a century.
The Opera of Oran
Built at the beginning of the 20th century by the architect “INEZ”, the Oran Opera House has been in business since 1907. The building is covered with a tile part and another with a main facade on the terrace with a view to the square of November 1st.
The waterfront is the famous artery (boulevard de l’ALN) of the city of Oran along the historic city center from east to west, Zabana roundabout to the wall of the fortress of the Palais du Bey.
It is considered as the emblem of the city of Oran, it is the place that anyone who knows Oran remembers when evoking the city.
A stroll along the seafront is a must do during your stay in Oran.
From the seafront you will have a panoramic view of the seaport, the Mediterranean Sea and Mount Murdjadjo with its historical sites (the fort and the chapel of Santa Cruz).
The fort of “Santa Cruz”
The fort of Santa Cruz is a magnificent colossus of stone rising at the top of the mountain of Aïdour, west of Oran. The fort stands 429 meters above sea level and faces a Catholic church, located a little below: the chapel of Santa Cruz, which is managed by the diocese of Oran. The fort of Santa Cruz was erected in the second half of the 16th century by the Spaniards who were trying to oppose the Ottomans.
The Chapel of Santa Cruz
The chapel of “Notre-Dame de Santa Cruz” is located at the top of the Jebel Murdjadjo, slightly below the old Spanish fort “Fort de Santa Cruz”. The place is managed by the diocese of Oran.
The Santa Cruz chapel was built by colonial France in 1850 on the heights of Jebel Murdjadjo, the construction of this building was decided because of an epidemic of cholera that made thousands of deaths a year rather among the Oran population.
Price: 10 €
Included in price:
- Transfer from your hotel to the start of the tour
- Coffee break
- Entry tickets