Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Timgad, the African Pompeii

The city of Timgad, in today’s Algeria, was founded as a military settlement by Emperor Trajan around AD 100. The ruins of the city were well preserved under the sands of the Sahara and were excavated for the first time in 1881. The city is noteworthy for representing one of the best extant examples of the grid plan as used in Roman city planning. Timgad was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.

Image by Frederik Pöll

Photo by Habib Kaki

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