The ancient city of Jamila is 320 km southeast of Algiers , on a hillside 50 km away from the city of Setif. It was built in the first century AD, the ancient city, it was originally a military fortress, the ancient Luoma people built in this city and improve, and he gradually prosperity. Jamila ancient city with its classic ancient Luoma building layout, retained on the mainland of North Africa. The ancient city has preserved squares, temples, churches, triumphal arches, theaters, bathrooms, judicial halls, markets, and residential houses. Its well-preserved arches include Caracalla arches, Septimius temples, and can accommodate 3,000 people. ancient Luoma Theater, 1982, Jamila was inscribed on the World Heritage List.
If you come here by car from Algiers , it only takes 4 hours, the road is very good, it is more convenient.
Gate at the entrance of Jamila
Come here in summer, the hillside lot is full of wild flowers, and the ancient city is very beautiful
Enter the gate and walk along the road to the right side of the hillside is the ruins of the church area. There are several churches here, but now it is just a ruin. Only the circular baptistery in the middle is relatively intact
Walk down the hillside through the church area to reach the southeast corner of the central square. The Temple of Saint Semitica is right in front of you. This is the most magnificent, relatively well-preserved building in the ancient city of Jamila. The temple was built at the end of the second century It was built to commemorate the Roman Empire of Septimius. The three sides of the temple are surrounded by columns and eaves. The courtyard inside the temple can be used to hold various religious ceremonies such as sacrifices.
The northwest side of the temple is a large square, the square is 48 meters long and 44 meters wide, all paved with stone slabs, and a stone slab avenue runs through the square from south to north. The grand square was the center of political activities at that time. There was an altar in the center of the square and covered porches on the southeast sides. Just west of the square is the famous Caracalla Arch.
The Caracalla Arch is located on the west side of the square. It was built in 216 AD. The arch is 12.5 meters high. It is majestic and exquisite. Although it has been baptized by wind, frost, rain and dew for nearly 2000 years, it still stands tall. In 1839, the arch was demolished and planned to be transported to Paris , but due to various reasons it could not be transported away. In 1922, it was restored in place.
On the north side of the square is Jamila’s old town, where there are a series of buildings, including: the senate, the north cathedral, the Severus family temple, the Julia hall and the Jupiter temple.
A temple dedicated to the main god of Jupiter, Juno the queen, and Minerva, the god of wisdom.
The court in the western part of the old town is also called the “Gulia of Julia”. It is 38 meters long and 14 meters wide. At the southern end of the hall are the statues of the Roman emperors Marco Aurelio and Liusius-Viller (the original is in the museum).
Along the stone avenue through another arch to the north, at the northernmost end are the market and the European building.
Slate Avenue and the drain below
The fountain is located on the west side of the road south of the square
The Ancient Roman Theater is located on the hillside south of the city and was built in the 3rd century AD. It is well-preserved and can accommodate 3,000 people.
The Roman bathroom built in the 2nd century AD is located in the south of the city
On the south side of the Roman bathroom is the “House of Dionysus”
Museum on the left side of the entrance door, see the following photos are exhibits on the outside of the museum, which has a very fine museum Marseillegrams collages, but are not allowed to take pictures.
Jamila Guide Map