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M’Zab Valley

A traditional human habitat, created in the 10th century by the Ibadites around their five ksour (fortified cities), has been preserved intact in the Mโ€™Zab valley. Simple, functional and perfectly adapted to the environment, the architecture of Mโ€™Zab was designed for community living, while respecting the structure of the family. It is a source of inspiration for todayโ€™s urban planners.

Since 1982 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Karim for the postcard.

Tassili n’Ajjer

Located in a strange lunar landscape of great geological interest, this site has one of the most important groupings of prehistoric cave art in the world. More than 15,000 drawings and engravings record the climatic changes, the animal migrations and the evolution of human life on the edge of the Sahara from 6000 BC to the first centuries of the present era. The geological formations are of outstanding scenic interest, with eroded sandstones forming โ€˜forests of rockโ€™.

Since 1982 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Karimย for the postcard.

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Timgad

Timgad lies on the northern slopes of the Aurรจs mountains and was created ex nihilo as a military colony by the Emperor Trajan in AD 100. With its square enclosure and orthogonal design based on the cardo and decumanus, the two perpendicular routes running through the city, it is an excellent example of Roman town planning.

Since 1982 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Pieter for the postcard.

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Djรฉmila

The site of Djรฉmila is located 50 km north-east of the town of Sรฉtif. Known under its antique name Cuicul, Djรฉmila is an establishment of an ancient Roman colony founded during the reign of Nerva (96 – 98 A.D.). The Roman town occupied a singular defensive position. Cuicul is one of the flowers of Roman architecture in North Africa.ย  Remarkably adapted to theย  constraints of the mountainous site, on a rocky spur which spreads at an altitude of 900 m, between the wadi Guergour and the wadi Betame, two mountain torrents, the town has its own Senate and Forum. Around the beginning of the 3rd century, it expanded beyond its ramparts with the creation of the Septimius Severus Temple, the Arch of Caracalla, the market and the civil basilica. The site has also been marked by Christianity in the form of several cult buildings: a cathedral, a church and its baptistry are considered among the biggest of the Paleochristian period. The site of Djรฉmila comprises an impressive collection of mosaic pavings, illustrating mythological tales and scenes of daily life.

Since 1982 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Ulla for the postcard.

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