Website Category: Fortified Cities of the Maghreb
Area: 1.5 km2
Criteria: (iii) cultural tradition
Location and Values: The Al Qal’a of Beni Hammad is located in the Jebel Maadid, a mountainous area about 100 km south of the Mediterranean coast near the town of M’Sila. It is a ruined city, the first capital of the Hammadid emirs, founded in 1007, abandoned in 1090, and finally destroyed in 1152. The ruins testify to a magnificent city, with 7km of outer fortification enclosing a city with one of the largest mosques in Algeria and a number of palaces.
Slideshow of the Al Qal’a Of Beni Hammad:
Google Earth View: To view satellite imagery of this site on Google Earth, click here. This opens a new window, so when you are finished, just close the Google Earth page and you will be straight back here to continue browsing. The view here includes the ruins of two of the palaces, from which it is worth panning around to see other features and the mountainous environment in which the city was built. Unfortunately the images are not very clear.
Other Links: Official UNESCO Site Details