Tipaza - A Window to the Rise and Fall of Historic Dynasties
Along the coast of Algeria, lies the small town of Tipaza. It is not seen as a major destination in the country, but tourist still flock here, to explore the ruins of Tipaza and discover the history of the ancient civilizations in Algeria. What makes the ruins of Tipaza so extraordinary, is the fact that it does not only showcase the architectural style of one group of rulers, but shows the influence the Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantine and Christians had on the construction of this lost city and the role they played in the development of Algeria.
The ruins date back to the second century when the Phoenicians created a trading post here, and which later became a military stronghold for the Romans. A city began to develop but unfortunately the houses are no longer visible. There are however a few wonderful sites at this attraction that make the visit worthwhile. Amongst some of the most noteworthy structures are the mausoleum, the forum, the basilica, the main road, the cemeteries, amphitheatre, baths, nymphaeum and theatre. Walking through the ruins is a rare opportunity to travel through different stages in the history of Algeria, and if visitors are able to speak to a few locals, they will learn about a variety of folklores and legends that are connected to the city, such as the legend of the martyr named Salsa, who was stoned to death after she threw the head of an idol into the sea after Christianity started being accepted by some of the residents. Tipaza is a fascinating destination filled with beauty and mystery.