Sunday, March 28, 2010

Trapsing around Roman Ruins (Long Post)

Being in Africa, Algeria's history goes back a long way. In the southern regions there are caves with drawings by early men, in the Northern regions there are the much more recent Roman ruins, throughout the country you can see architecture from the Ottomon era and from the French occupation. All in all, there's quite a bit to see, and because we're having a 'staycation' - we're not going away anywhere this spring break - my family and I decided to pay the Roman ruins in the nearby province of Tipaza a long over due visit.

It was a beautiful day, with some lovely views on the way down:

The ruins are of a city from the late 2nd Century-early 3rd Century, and it was amazing to be able to walk in the footsteps of people who lived there nearly 2000 years. You can climb up the steps of the temple, walk through the doorway of the ampitheater and stand in their rooms. It was incredible.

We saw the ampitheater:

A couple of temples:

Some houses:

With this amazing tile detail on the floor of one of the rooms of a ruin:

There was also a fortress:

And a theatre:

By this stage we were all totally cream crackered (cockney slang for knackered), so we headed off for ice-cream and then home. Everyone had a lie-in the next day. ;)


  1. Gorgeous photos. Looks like an amazing place!

  2. Those pictures are amazing. Sounds like you are having a great staycation!

    I saw Roman ruins when I was in Lyon, France back in 2008 and was just amazed by them!!