Annaba – a general view of the City

2.Annaba – Saint Augustine’s Church

3.Annaba – the Lighthouse

4.Annaba – the fascinating Rym Hotel

5.Annaba – a view of the Corniche


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Subject:*Historic Cities of Algeria. 5. ANNABA
The eastern port city of Annaba is the third largest city in Algeria; it lies 620km east of Algiers the Capital and is an important industrial and shipping centre, Annaba was first settled by Phoenicians as Hippo Regius allied with Carthage. Hippo Regius was a haven for the Numidian kings until it became a Roman colony in 46BC after Numidia was annexed by Caesar, under Roman rule Hippo Regius flourished commercially as it was also a centre for Christianity until it was sacked by Vandals during the 5th century. Annaba was home to the famous Aurelius Augustinus, Augustine of Hippo, or Saint Augustine (November 13, 354 – August 28, 430). He was one of the most important figures of this ancient city and had much contributed in the development of Western Christianity, he is considered to be one of the church fathers in Roman Catholicism and the Anglican Communion, he is a saint and pre-eminent Doctor of the Church, and the patron of the Augustinian religious order, while many Protestants, especially Calvinists, consider him to be one of the theological fathers of Reformation teaching on salvation and grace.

In Orthodox Churches he is considered blessed or even a saint by some while others are of the opinion that he is a heretic, primarily for his statements concerning what became known as the filioque clause. Augustine of Hippo was born on the 13th November 354AD in Thagaste (present-day Souk- Ahras, Eastern-Algeria), a provincial Roman city in North Africa as the eldest son of Saint Monica, he was educated in Africa and baptized in Milan. His works include the Confessions, which is often called the first Western autobiography are still read around the world. The Byzantines captured the city and rebuilt it during the 6th century, and following the Muslim conquest of North Africa in the 7th century, the city of Annaba was built some 2km from Hippo Regius, which was pillaged and neglected by the Byzantines. The French and during their occupation of Algiers in 1830 were repelled by Annaba's citizens for two years, but the city finally fell in 1832, Annaba also sheltered an operation base for allied forces during World War II , it was heavily bombarded by the German air force during the winter of 1942-3. The city of Annaba was known during the French occupation of Algeria (1830-1962) as Bône, it is presently a main Province of Algeria, a seaport on the Mediterranean Sea, near the mouth of the Seybouse River. The picturesque old sector with narrow streets and bazaars remains, and examples of modern French architecture stand alongside original native buildings.

Annaba and during all the past government’s impetus has flourished since then , Industrial areas include aluminium and chemical works and motor and railway shops, Annaba is the principal harbour of eastern Algeria and is a chief exporter of minerals on the Mediterranean Sea .

After Algeria’s independence on the 05th of July 1962, many place names changed or given by the French were arabicized, so it was that Bône became Annaba. The city’s population dipped following the war as most people of European extraction immigrated to France, but Annaba’s charms and attributes soon lured new citizens from across Algeria. Today, Annaba has a population of over 450,000 and highly regarded Annaba University has an enrollment of over 40,000 students.

The port is still fully functional and the inland still fertile, resulting in a thriving export trade and an unemployment rate lower than most of Algeria, Travelers will find that getting in and out of Annaba is relatively easy, as the city is well served by road and rail links as well as by air through the Rabah Bitat International Airport.

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‫محمد‬  ‫كاتب مستقل و مستشار في السياحة الثقافية‬  mbokreta@maktoob.com


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