Cuicul Roman Ruins
Djemila means beautiful in Arabic and no word can explain this place better. In perfect harmony with the nature around it, these ruins and the museum nearby are some of the most impressive old towns and the best preserved Roman ruins in North Africa. The general appearance of the old town, the temples, the theater, the Roman baths, and the beautiful mosaics in the museum make this place a unique one.
Under the name of Cuicul, the city was built 900 metres (3,000 ft) above sea level during the 1st century AD as a Roman military garrison situated on a narrow triangular plateau in the province of Numidia. The terrain is somewhat rugged, being located at the confluence of two rivers.
National Public Museum of Sétif
The National Public Museum of Sétif is a museum located in Sétif in eastern Algeria, and which presents the past of the city and neighboring towns from the prehistoric period, to the Numidian, Roman, Islamic, Ottoman, and colonial periods through the remains discovered on the archaeological sites of the region.
The museum’s collections are very rich, there are pieces from prehistory, antiquity, Islamic arts and numismatics. One can thus discover there collections of archaeological remains dating for the most part from the Roman period and resulting from the excavations carried out at Sitifis, the Kalâa of Béni Hammad and Djemila.
Fountain of Ain El Fouara
The Fountain of Ain El Fouara (literally Fountain of the springing source) is an emblematic monument of the city of Sétif in Algeria. This fountain has within it a statue made in 1898 by the French sculptor Francis de Saint-Vidal and whose legend says that when you drink your water, you will inevitably come back.
The century-old fountain aroused a lot of emotions throughout the country following the acts of vandalism of which it was the victim. The statue which adorns it was among the collection of masterpieces of the Louvre before becoming a beloved emblem of the Setifians.
More than a local symbol, the lady of Aïn Fouara today constitutes a bulwark of tolerance in the face of the onslaught of obscurantism.
El Atiq mosque
The building is the oldest place of Muslim worship in the region. To its religious dimension is added a very strong symbolism linked to the insubordination of the Sétifiens in the face of the colonists. Faced with the latter’s refusal to build a place of prayer for indigenous Muslims, a fundraising campaign was organized in 1845.
From this outpouring of solidarity and collective commitment, a superb Ottoman-style building was born, which has since been the pride of the city.