Algiers was established in 1719, only one year after the world famous French Quarter, yet the historic neighborhood on the other side of the dividing Mississippi River has never been the one to draw in an abundance of tourists. The River has only reinforced what has always been a severed relationship between the Eastbank and the Westbank and for this reason Algiers is sometimes referred to as the red-headed step-sister of New Orleans. However, a quick Ferry ride or drive over the Crescent City Connection will bring you to one of the country’s oldest cities and the history of Algiers is worth embracing! Some points of interest:
– In the 1720s at a spot of land now eroded by the river, stood the barracks where enslaved Africans were prepped before being ferried across the river to the auctions.
– Algiers Point evolved from the plantation of Barthelemy Duverje (built 1812-1816) which served as the Algiers Courthouse from 1866. It was destroyed by the Algiers fire of 1895 and replaced by the current courthouse in 1896.
– Algiers point boasts some of the same architecture that you will find in the French Quarter, and similarly houses bars and quaint bed and breakfasts. With a fantastic view of the River and half the price of the French Quarter, many regular visitors prefer to stay in Algiers.