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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Holiday in Algeria - Tomb of the Christian Woman

Hi! I am trying out blogging from Flickr to see how the image quality is here. This series of photos are from our visit to the Tomb of the Christian Woman near Tipaza, Algeria.

There is not a lot of information on the Tomb itself. From what I was able to gather, the Tomb is from the first century, or thereabouts. And was built for the North African King Juba II and his wife, who was the daughter of Cleopatra and Marc Anthony.

Sadly - it has not been taken care of well, and there have been a few attempts to destroy it. But I enjoyed seeing it very much, and hope that Algeria takes care to guard the history within it's borders.

These fellows were much braver than I would ever be!

Nidal, my husband and our Niece Hadyl had some fun climbing.

This photo gives you an idea of the size of the Tomb

The next two pictures are details from stone carvings. The stones appear to be scattered around the bottom of the tomb, You can see them in the left of the picture above. I guess that they may have been scattered there, but attempts to knock the Tomb down. But the carvings are amazing. And it is really incredible to think of someone putting their effort into carving these stones more than 2000 years ago. And they are still here today for us to appreciate. I am sure that my photos don't do them justice.

Algeria has many archaeological treasure. Many are very close to the capital city of Algiers, and many of them allow you to roam among the ruins and see them up close. What a treasure!

Next up - The Monument to the Martyrs in Algiers.

umm nidal


  1. great pics...did you ride on the camels in the vicinity? we tried but the cames would not kneel to let us on the girls were sooooooooo upset...thanks for sharing sis, looking forward to the next one inshallah

  2. We didn't see any camels!! That would have been great! Darn, maybe because it was off-season.

    Thanks for reading, ladies!!

  3. Masha'allah Auntie!! Awesome photos. Keep up the good pics.

    The queen who was buried there was kalled 'Kahina' which mean a witch. But her real name is Deahia. Which means death. I studied about her in History, she was a very bad woman. And after the Prophet saws died. His companions killed her to make Algeria a Muslim country. It really is a beautiful place. And I hope they treasure these cool ruins x

  4. Shukran Bzef! Flower for the story of the Tomb, I was not able to find much information in English, and what I found did not say much. Your commentary is always welcome!

  5. As salamu alaykum,

    I just found your blog and have browsed around a bit. Masha'Allah you have a good eye for photography! I saw some great pictures. I will try to check your blog every now and then, as I also love photography.

    Wa salamu alaykum,
    Maryam from the UK

  6. Did you happen to see any Christian symbology on or around the tomb? I happen to be researching Cleopatra Selene and King Juba II who are buried here. But I don't have the ability to see it for myself. Just wondering :-) Thank you!