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Al Qal'a of Beni Hammad
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 1007 AD
Date of Inscription: 1980
Location: Africa, Algeria, Commune of Maadid
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Description: Established in 1007 and destroyed in 1152, the ruins of Hammadid emirs offer a snapshot of an age-old fortified Muslim city. The mountain-top site holds Algeria's largest prayer room-the mosque boasts 13 aisles among an eight bay construction. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Al Qal'a of Beni Hammad (Arabic: قلعة بني حماد) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Algeria. It is located in the mountains northeast of M'Sila, near the town of Bechara (Bishara), about 225 km southeast of Algiers. It was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1980. The site was the first capital of the Hammadid empire. It was founded in 1007 and destroyed in 1152. Notable aspects of the city include its large mosque. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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