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Tamentfoust port
Tamentfoust is located in Algeria
Shown within Algeria
Location Algeria
Region Algiers Province
Coordinates 36°45′00″N 5°04′00″E / 36.75°N 5.066667°E / 36.75; 5.066667
Cap Matifou Lighthouse
Tamentfoust is located in Algeria
Location Cap Matifou
Coordinates 36°48′42.2″N 3°14′43.29″E / 36.811722°N 3.2453583°E / 36.811722; 3.2453583
Year first constructed 1868
Foundation masonry base
Construction masonry tower
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)[1]
Light source main power
Range 23 nautical miles (43 km; 26 mi)[1]
Characteristic Fl (3) W 15s.[1]
Admiralty number E6594
NGA number 22368
ARLHS number ALG-014[2]
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".

Different names[edit]

The port has had many names over history:

Name Origin Meaning
Rusguniae Punic Bush Cape
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


Rusguniae was important enough in the Roman province of Mauretania Caesariensis to become a suffragan bishopric of its capital Caesarea Mauretaniae's Metropolitan Archbishopric. It would later fade.

Titular see[edit]

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[edit]

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.


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Coordinates: 36°48′21″N 3°13′48″E / 36.8058°N 3.2301°E / 36.8058; 3.2301