"Annaba ex Bône, the capital of eastern Algeria" Annaba by JLBG

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Annaba is the capital of Eastern Algeria, not far from the Tunisian border. It has a very long history. The place was already inhabited 12 centuries BC. Numides, Phenicians, Carthagenese, Romans, Vandals, Fatimides, Zirides, Hamadites, Ottomans, Spanish, Ottomans again and French (1832-1962) followed one another as rulers and left their imprint.

It was called Hippo Regius and later Hippone by the Romans. Later, it became Bouna, that the French turned into Bône. After the independence it chose to call itself Annaba.

The Roman ruins can be visited but unfortunately it was not open when we might have visited them.

Annaba is the capital of the wilaya (550,000 inhabitants) that bears the same name. It is a rich agricultural land (corn, tomatoes, oranges, cotton, peanuts). It is also a main industrial area with phosphate refining for fertilizers and a main steelwork, the first in the country. It was built under President Boumedienne and was state owned. It has been sold and is now ruled by an Indian company.

The harbor is the third in the country.

  • Last visit to Annaba: Dec 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    Great page, thanks for introducing Algeria to me.

  • omidamini's Profile Photo
    Apr 6, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    Your Annaba page is very helpful, thank you.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    The architecture of the buildings are all so wonderful, and the French influence prominent; that is good. Again, nice job of presenting this place.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Dec 22, 2009 at 9:38 PM

    Ah, learning every day :-)) I was in an Augustine church and looked up where he came from and voilà :-) Found your page. The cathedral looks impressive as do the beautiful buildings. Ohhh, your market descriptions make me hungry :-)

  • Dec 14, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Excellent page! A lot of pictures and information. Great job! Also i like the architecture of The lions and caryatides building

  • Herwig1961's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    What a pleasure to read this interesting page!Did have a joyful hour to read and enjoy the fotos.This city,the buildings look very beautiful.Thank you and thanks for your kind comments on my pages!

  • euzkadi's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2008 at 6:49 PM

    Great pictures of the buildings. Good pages from this city.

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2008 at 5:04 AM

    As always, I enjoyed returning to your north Africa pages, Jean-Louis. Most impressed by the Palais de la Culture et des Arts.

  • eternel2002's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2007 at 7:44 AM

    Thanks for your comments J-L, wonderful pages about Annaba,it reminds me of my university years in this beautiful city :)

  • jungles's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2006 at 1:15 AM

    What wonderfully thorough pages you have! It will take me a long time to get through them all.


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