in algeria, the ruins of madaura in the roman province of numidia


In Algeria’s northeast not far from the city of M’Daourouch can be found the Roman town of Madauros [Madaura], a first century town in the Roman province of Numidia. Founded in the first century C.E., this 108 hectare site has only had 7 acres excavated thus far. In the center of the site lies a Byzantine fortress, constructed in the 6th century C.E. using stones from older Roman structures. Included in the site are a Roman mausoleum, a Christian basilica, an amphitheater and a vast complex of public baths.

Like most other Algerian archeological sites, there were no tourists around, which lent to the mystery of the location. The photos speak for themselves.