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Timgad is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Algeria. It was founded as a Roman colonial town by Emperor Trajan in 100 AD. The emperor named it Colonia Marciana Ulpia Traiana Thamugadi

What to See in Timgad

Timgad is one of the best example of Roman town planning using the grid plan system. It was planned and built out of scratch (ex nihilo) to be a military colony, in defence of Roman territories in North Africa against the Berbers. Ruins of the Roman colony is still visible, including Corinthian colonnades, a triumphal arch called Trajan's Arch, and a forum. There is a 3500-seat theater that is good enough to still be used today. Also visible include the Roman public bath, market, library and basilica. The Capitoline Temple in Timgad, dedicated to the Roman god Jupiter, is about the same size as the Pantheon in Rome.


Timgad is located in the province of Batna.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N35 27 0 E6 37 59.988
Inscription Year: 1982
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, III, IV

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Getting there

Timgad is located in the province of Batna. It is about 35 km from Batna town. Visit it by all-terrain vehicle.


Trajan's Arch, Timgad, Algeria
Trajan's Arch, Timgad, Algeria
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Roman road in Timgad, Algeria
Roman road in Timgad, Algeria
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Timgad, Algeria
Timgad, Algeria
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