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Tassili n'Ajjer is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Algeria. It is famous for being one of the best representations of prehistoric cave art in the world.

What to See in Tassili n'Ajjer

There are about 15,000 cave drawings and etchings. They depict animal migrations and human life. The cave paintings have been done between 6000 BC and the 1st century AD. The paintings from different periods exhibit varying characteristics and stylistic differences. In addition to the cave paintings, Tassili n'Ajjer also has outstanding landscape in the form of rock formations. There are 300 natural rock arches in the area formed by eroded sandstones.

Location

Tassili n'Ajjer is a mountain range in the Sahara desert. It is on the southeast part of Algeria. The nearest town is Djanet, which is about 10 km to the southwest.

History

The area where Tassili n'Ajjer is situated had a different climate during the prehistoric period when the rock paintings were done. There was regular rainfall and vegetation.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N25 30 0 E9 0 0
Inscription Year: 1982
Type of Site: Mixed
Inscription Criteria: I, III, VII, VIII

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Getting there

Tassili is located nearest to the Algerian town of Djanet. The only option of getting there is via all-terrain vehicle through the Sahara desert.

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Tassili n'Ajjer, Algeria
Tassili n'Ajjer, Algeria
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Rock painting at Tassili n'Ajjer, Algeria
Rock painting at Tassili n'Ajjer, Algeria
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Rock formations at Tassili n'Ajjer, Algeria
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