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World Heritage Sites in Algeria

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During the first years of the Christian Era, Cirta prospered as part of a confederation of Roman city-states and eventually as a colony of Cuicul, site of the city of Djemila, becoming one of the wealthiest cities in all of North Africa. During the 4th century the town was destroyed as the result of an uprising, but rebuilt by the Emperor Constantine who gave the city its modern name. Site of North Africa's most extensive and best preserved Roman ruins. The ancient city was important strategically in defending Numidia and flourished for several centuries. It was destroyed by Berbers in the 7th century. Excavations uncovered the city in 1881.




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Qal'at Banu Hammad (Qalat Bani Hammad) - Eleventh-century capital of the Hammadids located in the mountains to the south of Algiers. The city was founded in 1007 by Hammad ibn Buluggin, although it did not become capital until 1015 when Hammad withdrew his allegiance from the Fatimids. Excavations at the site have revealed the plan of the Great Mosque and three palaces. The buildings were constructed of roughly squared stones laid in courses which were originally covered in plaster. The Great Mosque was built in the North African style with its aisle running perpendicular to the qibla wall.

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