Tipaza: An Unforgettable Roman Site in Algeria

UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tipasa

Tipaza or ‘Tipasa’ is a small coastal town in the northern part of Algeria at the foot of Mount Chenoua. The language of the locals is Berber and the town is sheltered by Chenoua.

This port-city was an ideal site chosen by the Phoenicians travelling to the Pillars of Hercules (Gibraltar). The remains of the period demonstrate the historical importance of the city.

UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tipasa
UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tipasa

There is little information or writings about the history of Tipaza. Recently, it has been accounted that Tipaza was established by the Carthaginians around the 5th century BC.  The city flourished under the ruling of the Numidian king Juba II and became a center for the Greco-Roman culture in North Africa. The city later became the extension of Caesarea. In the 1st century AD, under the ruling of Claudius, the city became a Latin colony and later in the 2nd century it was a Roman colony.

Tipaza was also a central place for African Christianity. Religious monuments, basilicas, and inscriptions attest that there was once a Christian influence in Tipaza as well as nearby African cities.

The contemporary city was founded in 1857. It is the home of beautiful beaches and ancient historical ruins. The museum’s collection is rich with pieces of the Antiquity and displays fragments of Punic stela cult of Tanit and Roman statues.

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About the author

Kevin Dyck is the founder of Mosaic North Africa and has over 11 years experience living in North African countries. He is an Arabic speaker with a passion for travelers to encounter the diverse cultures and natural beauty found throughout the North Africa region. He currently lives in and works for MNA from Tunis, Tunisia.

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