Created By: University of Southern Indiana (student)
Palais des Rais, also known as (Toppana and Bastion 23): Construction on this structure first began in 1576 under Dey Ramdhan Pasha. The site received architectural modifications from the French throughout occupation with the building serving as a consulate, girls school, and many other functions in its long life. Palais des Rais first became a protected historic site in 1903 when it was designated "Groupe de maisons mauresques", which translates to Group of Moorish Houses. In 1991 this status was upgraded to universal heritage site by UNESCO, gaining the city international recognition.
Today in the center of the compound pedestrians will find a museum dedicated to the expression of art. The placement of this venue is part of the City and National Government’s active pursuit of enhancing the cultural experience of Algiers. Also located in the heart of the Casbah this piece of history fits like a glove next to Byzantian artifacts, and modern architecture. This site is among the many that lure potential tourists into Algiers allowing them to experience the unique Algerian culture story of Algiers.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Dynamic Cultural History Of Algiers Algeria