Once an important Roman city, the site of Hippo Regius lies in the outskirts of Annaba. Unfortunately one of the more neglected sites in the country, it remains a must-see for any traveler to Algeria. From AD395-430, St. Augustine presided as bishop of Hippo. He was a prolific writer and some of his more famous works are ‘The Confessions‘ and ‘The City of God.’ He worked tirelessly during changing times in the Roman world and was integral in shaping much of Christian theology, as it exists today. The Church where he was bishop can still be seen at this site along with the baptistery, apse, and Christian quarters still intact. The site also boasts one of the biggest Roman Forums in Africa. Resting on the hill overlooking the Roman site is the Basilica of St. Augustine, which was built by the French in 1881. The basilica houses an important relic of the alleged right arm bone of Augustine.
Situated on a hill, opposite the basilica, is the museum, which protects and preserves a plethora of enormous and important mosaics from Hippo Regius. A few of particular interest are the large picture of hunting wild animals and the mosaic replicating the basilica.