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Trajan Arch, Timgad, Algeria. Source: Leonid Andronov / Adobe Stock.

Algeria's Treasures: From Constantine to the Roman Ruins of Timgad (Videos)


Algeria's history unfolds from the ancient city of Constantine to the remarkably preserved Roman ruins of Timgad. Constantine, perched dramatically on cliffs, boasts historic bridges and a history dating back millennia. Its lively streets are lined with houses that have stood for thousands of years. This city, once the heart of a flourishing Numidian Kingdom, stands as a living record of the passage of civilizations. Among its archaeological treasures, one can discern the echoes of the past through its architecture and urban layout.  The Ahmed Bey Palace, an architectural gem reflecting Moorish influences, offers a glimpse into the city's culture. It now houses a museum dedicated to preserving traditions and cultural expressions. Constantine, historically a crossroads of civilizations, continues to shape Algeria's cultural landscape.

Heading south to the Aures Mountains, Timgad stands as an exceptional example of Roman civilization. Often dubbed Africa's Pompeii, its well-preserved streets, thermal baths, and library provide a tangible link to the past. Intact artifacts and mosaics reveal the lives of retired Roman soldiers. Further south lies the majestic Ghoufi Canyon, a natural wonder with cave houses etched by time. Adventurous souls can hike through this captivating terrain, passing orchards that speak of ancient cultivation. Algeria's historical and natural wonders weave a narrative of the nation's past and present.

Top image: Trajan Arch, Timgad, Algeria. Source: Leonid Andronov / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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