Al Qal’a of Beni Hammad

Al Qal’a of Beni Hammad
Photo by: UNESCO, Creative Commons

You will be astonished to know that the largest country on the Mediterranean Sea has amazing sights to offer to civilization. Algeria, the country which is located on the northern part of Africa and the second largest of the African continent, has fossil fuel as the foundation of their economy. However, we will not be talking about the fuels here nor its economy but the ancient ruins that will truly surprise you as we unfold its history and splendor bit by bit.

Al Qal’a of Beni Hammad ruins is the remnant of the first ancient Muslim City in Algeria. It is the vestiges of a former mosque which consists of 13 aisles and eight coves as its main features. The location of the ruins is only a kilometer above sea level. For a person who does not know what the previous attraction looks like, it will just give them an impression of a plain structure in the midst of a vast dusty land.

In 1980, Al Qal’a of Beni Hammad was named to the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Paris, France. The core attraction of this cultural spot is the square brick monument of the city accented at the middle of the ruins. If you would look closely at the structure, you can say that it is centuries old already and is entirely made up of bricks. It is highly acknowledged and cherished because it is the only structure which stood still while others are left as a broken piece of column. The winter season adds up tourists as the beauty of the structure enhances when snowflakes cover the field.

A flight to Algiers is limited and only a number of states offer this kind of travel which is mostly found on southern part of Europe. Visa is required as well as conservative clothing to give respect to Islamic custom and environment. Going to Algeria may cost an amount of money but the experience is truly one of a kind. So go ahead and witness the extremely rare occurrence that is about to happen right now!

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