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Discovering the Coastal Town of Dellys

There are a number of delightful little towns in Algeria that are well worth visiting. Although some of them may have somewhat tumultuous connotations due to past happenings, in many instances that is now very much a thing of the past. One of the lovely coastal towns you might want to know more about is that of Dellys.

The rich and fascinating history of Dellys in Algeria can be traced back all the way to Roman times when the city was known as Rusuccuru. In fact, it can still be seen in the form of a 2nd century Roman ruin that is found near the northern entrance of the old city. Many of the other Roman artifacts found in Dellys were taken to other countries and displayed in museums many years ago. Even in Roman times, Dellys quickly became a powerful and influential city. It is thought that this original city was destroyed by either an earthquake or an invasion. Either way, the city was then rebuilt by the Arabs who moved to the region for political reasons. During this time it was called Tedelles. Many centuries later it was taken over by the Turks and became a part of the Ottoman Empire. During this time there were many different tribes and peoples living in Dellys and the city continued to prosper. By the time the French took over Algeria, the city was thriving. According to Joan Baptista Montalbano, an 18th century Italian Philologist, Dellys Tedelles was a very prosperous port that was home to a number of rich families. He attributed this wealth mainly to the area’s wool and flax dying resources. The city went on to become a popular holiday city with many entertainment and sporting facilities being built. After many years of sovereign rule, Algeria finally took control of its own cities and towns and so Dellys finally became a truly Algerian city.

Today Dellys in Algeria is filled with interesting ruins, relics and artifacts. Its diverse history has given it great appeal, while it’s striking coastal setting and colorful sunsets just cannot be ignored. The Ottoman-era casbah is a popular attraction while the two colonial-era lighthouses continue to stand tall, indicating to ships where they should sail in order to safely make berth at the small port. Farming and fishing continue to be prominent activities here and there is a distinctly industrious but relaxed feeling in the city. If you feel you’d like to see this town, you’ll discover it to be a rich treasure trove of lovely sights.

 



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