Commune and town
Riwaq El-Fen in Maghnia
|• Land||96 sq mi (249 km2)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
Maghnia (Arabic: مغنية) (formerly Marnia) is a town in Tlemcen Province, northwestern Algeria. It is the second most populated town in Tlemcen Province, after Tlemcen. The current population is over 200,000.
Archaeologists have found evidence of prehistoric people in the area, who were displaced by the Phoenicians. The remnants of burned Ancient Roman military posts were discovered by the French army in 1836, when they entered the area; these posts were occupied, according to the inscriptions, by a numerus Syrorum: a unit of Syrian archers. As such, it was the westernmost outpost of Mauretania Caesariensis.
The Berbers named the place Lalla Marnia (Lalla Maghnia), after a local saint buried in the vicinity. Her mausoleum was probably built in the 18th century.
- Ahmad ben Bella, the first President of independent Algeria, was born in Maghnia in 1916.
- Sid Ahmed Ghozali, politician
- Emma Vecla (1877–1972), French operatic soprano
- Mahboub Bachir, Moudjahid
|This article about a location in Tlemcen Province is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|