"Timgad and Lambèse, two ancient Roman's cities" Timgad by JLBG

Timgad Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 27 photos

The ancient Roman's city of Marciana Traiana Thamugadi or Thamugadi was built in 100 AD by Emperor Trojan as a colony, under the rule of a legate, Lucius Munatius Gallus. It stands 10 km out of Batna. It was in the ancient province of Numidia.

The older center of the city, built on the classical Roman's square plan, covers 12 hectares but the city soon expanded out, unplanned, up to 50 hectares.

The site is stunning and owing to its good condition and to the fact that it is considered as a model Roman's town, it was inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage list in 1982.

I quote from Unesco World Heritage list:

Commune of Timgad, Wilaya (province) of Batna, N35 29 00.0 E6 28 00.0, ref: 194
Date of Inscription: 1982
Criteria: (ii)(iii)(iv)
Brief Description
Timgad lies on the northern slopes of the Aurès mountains and was created ex nihilo as a military colony by the Emperor Trajan in A.D. 100. With its square enclosure and orthogonal design based on the cardo and decumanus, the two perpendicular routes running through the city, it is an excellent example of Roman town planning.

I have added to this page a few tips on another Roman’s city, Lambaesis, standing 20 km away from Timgad. I had not enough stuff to build a decent page of its own.

  • Last visit to Timgad: Apr 1988
  • Intro Updated Mar 20, 2007
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  • Sep 13, 2009 at 9:10 PM

    Lovely archaeological pictures

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2009 at 1:47 AM

    Interesting page & info, Jean -Louis. I guess those tombstone carvings will remain a mystery. I found this article on webpage www2.ctic.purdue.edu/Core4/C...

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Our television featured this spot and I researched on VT-there you were in all the great pictoral and comments. Thanks

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2009 at 11:19 PM

    I never cease to be amazed at the number of well preserved Roman ruins over there! From your comments and the lack of tourists, it seems these sites are OTBP for most.

  • MM212's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2007 at 9:04 AM

    Tres belles photos de Timgad. Pourtant, je n'ai vu aucun touriste dans les photos!!!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2007 at 9:26 AM

    Another interesting page Jean-Louis. The theater site in Timgad is absolutely stunning and huge.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2007 at 3:44 AM

    What an amazing site. Imagine so much of this place remaining intact. My first thought was astrological signs such as the Ram for Aries. ?? Is Taurus the bull??

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2007 at 1:06 AM

    This really is a stunning site (and sight). Amazing that so much is still there after more than nineteen hundred years.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Apr 6, 2007 at 11:29 AM

    Amazing to see these ancient Roman relics just lying around the landscape! Great photos and information on the two site J-L. Judging from the pic, I agree that you were lucky to escape the clutches of the soft patch of earth!

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2007 at 11:06 PM

    Fascinating architecture! No doubt that it deserves to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Thanks for another interesting page, Jean-Louis!


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