Archaeological Sites Off the Tourist Track – Madure and Khemissa in Algeria


Madure’s Roman ruins are situated near Souk Ahras. Madure is surrounded by beautiful hills with superb views. The ruins have a number of important sights that make the visit well worth the effort. You will find a large Byzantine fort and a Roman theatre with a backdrop of rolling hills. Over the hill from the fort is a tall freestanding Roman tomb, much like the ones in Palmyra. The ruins also have the usual bath house and temple ruins. There is a small museum on site. St. Augustine also studied in Madure.


Khemissa is a town in the Souk Ahras Provincein north-easternAlgeria. Khemissa has some outstanding ruins. To the left of the entrance is a very well preserved Roman theatre, which is next to a long pool. The ruins to the right of the entrance have a number of arches still intact that are quite picturesque. A temple ruin on a hilltop offers great views of the surrounding region. Situated near here is an unusual Roman complex built into the hillside – perhaps tombs. At the furthest point away from the entrance are some Roman tomb stones and an entrance arch to the town.

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Joshua Mok has been living in Tunisia since 2016. He has traveled extensively throughout the country, and has firsthand experience with the language, people, and culture of North Africa. It is his passion to introduce to others some of the best destinations in North Africa that he has experienced.

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