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Size: 3" x 5"
Copyrighted: 1891
Lithographer: Joseph P. Knapp

Algiers, Algeria - Sheik; Snake Charmer
Illustrations: A Sheik; Exhibition by Snake Charmer; The City and Bay

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This city of North Africa, on a bay of the same name in the Mediterranean, is built on the slope of a steep hill rising abruptly from the coast. It is in the form of a triangle, its apex, the Casbah, an ancient fortress of the deys, which is about 500 feet above the sea level. The houses being all built of white stone and thus arranged one above the other, give a striking aspect from a distance, which has been compared to a ship under sail. There are two towns--the portion built on the lower part of the slope along the shore being entirely European in character, and the old town on the higher region, wholly oriental. The new town has handsome streets and squares, in the centre the Place du Gouvernement. The city is surrounded by walls and otherwise fortified, but its chief defences are toward the sea. The streets of the old town are narrow, winding and dingy; the houses present bare walls to the street with only narrow grated openings, and a low door-way leading to the inner court-yard from which the interior is lighted.
The French have laid out large sums in improvements of the Port of Algiers. It has an area of 220 acres, requiring only the removal of a rock in the centre to accommodate 40 ships of war and 300 trading vessels.
The city is the residence of the Governor General of Algeria, the Prefect of the Department of Algiers, and the Chiefs of the different Administrative Services.
Among its public buildings are the Royal College, Public Library, Museum, and various churches, synagogues and mosques.
The place has become noted as a winter resort for invalids.
The city has a fine water supply, and a large number of fountains and baths, public and private, are located throughout the city.
Population, 74,792.