środa, 23 września 2009

Algeria. private swap.

this week I received 4 written and stamped cards from Algeria! every card with different stamp. among them are 2 unesco sites.

Timgad was a Roman colonial town in North Africa founded by the Emperor Trajan around 100 A.D. Trajan commemorated the city after his mother Marcia, father Marcus Ulpius Traianus and his eldest sister Ulpia Marciana. The ruins are noteworthy for representing one of the best extant examples of the grid plan as used in Roman city planning. The ruins of the town are located in modern-day Algeria, about 35 km from the town of Batna. The city was founded ex nihilo as a military colony, primarily as a bastion against the Berbers in the nearby Aures Mountains. It was originally populated largely by Parthian veterans of the Roman army who were granted lands in return for years in service.

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