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At first glance this might look like a church or mosque, but is in fact just a post office.

This is the main post office in Algiers (La Grande Poste). I hesitated to post this because it has some technical problems, but decided to do so because nobody has yet posted a photograph of the interior of this building to TrekEarth.

I tried to find out some information about this impressive looking building on the Internet, but references were quite scarce. One said that La Grande Poste was built on the site of a British church which the French demolished at the beginning of the last century, and has been operating as a post office every since. Another said that it dated from when northern Algeria was part of the Ottoman Empire. So I assume this must have been built during the early 1900s when the Ottomans had various alliances with the French.

The technical problems with this shot are: 1. I should have taken this from a POV one or two steps to the right because I haven’t got it exactly symmetrical Photographs like this should either be exactly symmetrical or shot from a completely different angle. My problem was that I wasn’t quite sure whether I was allowed to take photographs inside this building (many public buildings in Algiers prohibit photography) so this was a ‘grab shot’ when I thought nobody was looking. 2. The lights on the chandelier are blown out. I don’t know whether there is a way to overcome this without underexposing the rest of the photograph. Does anyone have any suggestions?

PP: Small amount of cropping then applied USM. (This was hand-held at 1/20th so I was quite pleased with the sharpness that I achieved)

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