Temple of Septimius Severus, Djémila

The city was founded during the brief reign of Nerva (AD 96-98) as a military garrison situated on a narrow triangular plateau. The city’s original name was Cuicul. In the beginning of the 3rd century AD, the town was expanded and the Temple of Septimius Severus was built along with the Arch of Caracalla, the market and the civil basilica. Septimius Severus (r. AD 193-211), the builder of Leptis Magna, considered himself a god once in power.

The city was slowly abandoned after the fall of the Roman Empire around the 5th and 6th centuries. Muslims later dominated the region, but did not reoccupy the site of Cuicul, which they renamed Djémila (“beautiful” in Arabic).

Djémila is located in a mountain village in Algeria, near the northern coast east of Algiers, where some of the best preserved Berbero-Roman ruins in North Africa are found.

The Unusual Djemila Theater, Algeria

Djemila was originally called ‘Cuicul” and was built during the first century AD as a Roman military garrison. The city’s builders followed a standard plan with a forum at the center and two main streets, the Cardo Maximus and the Decumanus Maximus.

During the reign of Caracalla in the 3rd century, Cuicul’s administrators took down some of the old ramparts and constructed a new forum. They surrounded it with larger and more impressive edifices than those that bordered the old forum. The terrain hindered building, so they were forced to build the theatre outside the town walls, which was highly unusual.

Djemila is near the northern coast east of Algiers, where some of the best preserved Berbero-Roman ruins in North Africa are found. Significant buildings in Djémila include a theatre, two fora, temples, basilicas, arches, streets, and houses.

by foto_morgana on Flickr.


UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Djémila 

This site in northern Algeria was built by the Romans between 96-98 A.D., under the rule of the first of the Five Good Emperors, Nerva. The name “Djémila” is of Berber origin, though it was called “Cuicul" by the Romans. The city itself was built atop mountainous terrain, and the skillfulness with which its builders planned it as to best suit this environment presents an impressive example of Roman ingenuity. Most of its other features - roads, gates, aqueducts, mosaics, temples, and theaters - are common to other Roman city sites.

During the reigns of Antoninus Pius, Commodus, Septimius Severus, and other emperors, more structures were added, and under Caracalla, the town was greatly expanded. As the Roman Empire went into steep decline in the fifth century, the site was gradually abandoned and renamed ”Djémila” by the Muslims who reoccupied North Africa and took this city. In 553, the Byzantines won it back, but modern excavation of it did not begin until 1909. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982.


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Je me souviens aussi de la compil’ de reprise de Piaf…

Je ne connais pas cette compilation, mais j’espère qu’on y trouve Djemila.