Beni Hammad Fort

in the mountains northeast of M'Sila
M'Sila Province, Algeria

Al Qal'a of Beni Hammad
Photo: Michel-Georges Bernard License: CC BY-SA 3.0
Beni Hammad Fort, also called Al Qal'a of Beni Hammad , is a ruined, fortified palatine city. It served as the first capital of the Hammadid dynasty. The town includes a 7 km-long line of walls. Inside the walls are four residential complexes.

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Beni Hammad Fort

Beni Hammad Fort Categories

  • Ancient Structures

    The city became the capital of the Hammadid Berbers, and sustained a siege from the Zirid in 1017. In 1090 it was abandoned under the menace of the Banu Hilal, and was partly destroyed by the Almohads in 1152.
  • Man-Made

    The fortress was built in 1007 by Hammad ibn Buluggin, the son of Buluggin ibn Ziri, the founder of Algiers.
  • World Heritage Site

    In 1980, Beni Hammad Fort was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and described as "an authentic picture of a fortified Muslim city".


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