About Constantine

"You do not introduce Constantine. She introduces herself, and you salute her. She reveals herself and we discover each other." - Malek Haddad.

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Constantine is the third largest city in Algeria after Algiers and Oran. It is situated on a plateau at 600 metres above sea level. The city is very picturesque with a number of bridges over Rhumel river and a viaduct crossing the ravine.

During Roman times it was called Cirta and was renamed "Constantina" in honor of emperor Constantine the Great. Slightly inland, it is about 80 kilometres from the Mediterranean coast, on the banks of the Rhumel river.

There are museums and important historical sites around the city.

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How to reach Constantine?

  • By plane: Mohamed Boudiaf Airport. 9 km (5 miles) from city center, provides several daily flights from other major European cities such as Paris, Geneva, Istanbul, Marseille, Brussels, Lille and Lyon. Those who come to Mohamed Boudiaf Airport might easily take a taxi to go to city center.

Must-see places

  • The seven bridges;
  • Emir Abdelkader Mosque;
  • Masinissa tomb;
  • Palace of Ahmed Bey;
  • Ruins of the Antonian Roman aqueduct;
  • Roman city of Tiddis.

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