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Djemila, also known as Cuicul, is an ancient Roman town in Algeria. Located 900 meters above sea level, Djemila was insribed as a World Heritage Site in 1982 as a unique showcase of how Roman architecture is adapted to the mountainous terrain. It is regarded as one of the best-preserved Berbero-Roman ruins.

What to See in Djemila

Ruins of ancient Roman forum, temples, basilica, arches and dwellings which were adapted to the mountain location of Djemila.

Etymology

Djémila means "the beautiful one". It is also known as Cuicul or Curculum in Latin.

History

Djemila was known as Cuicul by the Romans that built it in the first century AD. It was a military garrison for the area. The Roman builders designed two main streets, Cardo Maximus and Decumanus Maximus. Founded as a military town, Cuicul eventually became a trading centre where farm produce such as cereals and olive were traded.

Cuicul was gradually abandoned with the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th and 6th centuries. As the region was taken over by the Muslims, they renamed it Djemila, which means "beautiful" in Arabic.

Location

Djemila is located in the mountains near the northern coast, to the east of the city of Algiers.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N36 19 14.016 E5 44 12.012
Inscription Year: 1982
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: III, IV

Location Map

Djemila is known as Curculum on the map.


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Getting there

It is advisable to seek the assistance of a travel agent in Algiers to plan a trip there.

Photos

Ruins of Djemila, Algeria
Ruins of Djemila, Algeria
Author: Michel-Georges Bernard (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Roman ruins of Djemila, Algeria
Roman ruins of Djemila, Algeria
Author: Michel-Georges Bernard (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)


Djemila, Algeria
Author: bonois
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Djemila, Algeria, in winter
Author: Kingfisher III
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