|Year first constructed||1868|
|Tower shape||square prism tower with balcony and light attached to 1-storey keeper’s house|
|Markings / pattern||white tower|
|Height||6 metres (20 ft)|
|Focal height||74 metres (243 ft)|
|Light source||main power|
|Range||23 nautical miles (43 km; 26 mi)|
|Characteristic||Fl (3) W 15s.|
|Managing agent||Office Nationale de Signalisation Maritime|
Tamentfoust (in Arabic: تمنتفوست), also known as La Pérouse, was an ancient Roman-Berber city in the Dar El Beïda district of Algiers, Algeria. It was the bishopric of Rusginiae, and is now also a Latin Catholic titular see.
Tamentfoust forms a cap on the Algiers bay - its position on the righthand side of this bay gave rise to the Amazigh name "Tamentfoust" meaning "right hand" or "right side".
The port has had many names over history:
|Rusgunia||Latin||from Punic Rusguniae|
|Tamentfoust||Amazigh||Right hand / Right side|
|Matifou||Spanish (approx 14th century)||Alteration of "Tamentfoust"|
|La Pérouse||Colonial||from the name of French explorer; Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse|
The diocese was nominally restored as a Latin Catholic titular bishopric .
It has had the following incumbents, all of the lowest (episcopal) rank :
- José Gabriel Anaya y Diez de Bonilla (1967.09.15 – 1976.01.06)
- Paul Zinghtung Grawng (1976.01.24 – 1976.12.09) as Auxiliary Bishop of Myitkyina (Myanmar) (1976.01.24 – 1976.12.09), succeeding as Bishop of Myitkyina (1976.12.09 – 2003.05.24), also President of Myanmar Catholic Bishops’ Conference (1982 – 1992); later Metropolitan Archbishop of Mandalay (Myanmar) (2003.05.24 – 2014.04.03) and President of Myanmar Catholic Bishops’ Conference (2006 – 2012)
- Rigoberto Corredor Bermúdez (1988.02.26 – 1996.11.30)
- Anthony Ireri Mukobo, Consolata Missionaries (I.M.C.) (1999.12.22 – ...), Apostolic Vicar of Isiolo (Kenya)
Monuments and edifices
The city has a series of historical buildings, such as Tamentfoust Castle (now a museum) built by Ramdhan Agha in 1661, and the vestiges of the ancient Roman city of Rusguniae. Maritime history is represented by the "Naval Academy of Tamentfoust" known as the biggest naval academy on the continent. The views from the harbour are also a big attraction for visitors.
- List of Lights, Pub. 113: The West Coasts of Europe and Africa, the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and Azovskoye More (Sea of Azov) (PDF). List of Lights. United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 2015.
- "Western Algeria". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
- Blog de Tamentfoust (Association Culturelle de Tmentfoust)
- GCatholic, with titular incumbent biography links
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