Al Qal'a of Beni Hammad

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The ruins at Al Qal'a of Beni Hammad

Al Qal'a of Beni Hammad is an archaeological site located in the mountains approximately 225 km southeast of Algiers. The site was the first capital of the Hammadid emirs. It was founded in 1007 and destroyed in 1152. Notable aspects of the city include its large mosque, whose prayer room has 13 aisles with eight bays, and is one of the largest in Algeria. By meeting the criteria[1] of bearing "a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared", the site was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980.

External links

  • UNESCO Site entry. Accessed 13 January 2008

References

  1. The Criteria For Selection UNESCO. Accessed 13 January 2008.
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