Al Qal'a of Beni Hammad

UNESCO RegionArab States
LocationCommune of Maadid "Bechara", Wilaya (province) of M'Sila
CoordinatesN35 49 6.384 E4 47 12.624
Inscription Date1980
Property (ha)150
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
Unesco Reference Number102
DescriptionIn a mountainous site of extraordinary beauty, the ruins of the first capital of the Hammadid emirs, founded in 1007 and demolished in 1152, provide an authentic picture of a fortified Muslim city. The mosque, whose prayer room has 13 aisles with eight bays, is one of the largest in Algeria.
StatusWorld Heritage Site