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Step Back in Time at the Lambaesis Ruin in Algeria

The Lambaesis Ruin in Algeria is located near Batna on the outskirts of a village by the name of Tazoult. Marcus Aurelius was in power during the years 161 AD to 180 AD and it was during this time that the town, along with the military camp, was constructed. It has been subsequently discovered that Lambaesis was built between the years of 123 to 129 AD and, though many of the structures were looted for the building of Tazoult, the Lambaesis Ruin of Algeria is still a breathtaking sight.

As a third legion camp, in the then Numidia Province, Lambaesis fell under the rule of Emperor Septimius Severus between the years 193 to 211 AD. At this fascinating historical attraction in Algeria visitors will be able to clearly see the many private houses where various artifacts have been recovered. The amphitheater and arches are a beautiful sight as are the temples, baths and the aqueduct. The commandant’s house, or praetorium, dates back to approximately 268 AD. The two arches that can be seen at the ruin are known as the Commodus Arch and the Septimus Severus Arch. The temples that have been excavated are in poor condition. One of the temples, the temple of Aesculapius, has only one column remaining, whilst the other has eight. The cemetery is an eerie experience as it is still in the same condition it was left in many centuries ago. There are a few headstones missing, but the rows of the dead are still visible.

To complete the tour of this historical attraction in Algeria, it is suggested that visitors take the time to travel to the museum in the village of Tazoult. Many of the artifacts such as statues (including the statues of Hygieia and Aesculapius), mosaics and epitaphs can be viewed here. Thousands of inscriptions were found during excavations. Most of the inscriptions that were recovered have been deciphered by historians and scientists. Strangely, there were no Christian inscriptions found amongst them. This find makes it possible to understand the history of Lambaesis.

By the year 398 AD, all military personnel and equipment had been removed. The village became deserted shortly thereafter. Left behind was a magnificent piece of Algerian history. The Lambaesis Ruin in Algeria is a fascinating historical site to visit, as it is not everyday that one gets the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of an ancient civilization.


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Bilbo MacGleish - 2010-05-11 18:38:08

Very interesting indeed!

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