( Lambessa ) Previously
|• Total||27 493|
|Time zone||West Africa Time (UTC+1)|
Tazoulte formerly known as Lambèse is in the wilaya of Batna 11 km east of Batna , 25 km west of Timgad and 90 km at west of Khenchela, and centrally located in the wilaya of Batna. It is 1200 m above sea level, and surrounded by Jebel Doufana and Oustili Mountains to the west and Jebel Tafrent to the south . Average temperature (°C) ranges from 5° in Winter to 26° in Summer though tempratures as high as 40° have ben recorded.
Since 1984 the commune of Tazoult consists of the following areas :
- Chaabet El Ghoul
- Draa Ben Sebbah
- Merfeg Sidi Belkeir
- Oued Bouhayoun
The Roman civitas of Lambèse was a city garrison, founded in the year 81 by the Third Roman Legion, under Titus. Marcus Aurelius built the city and under Septimius Severus (a North African) an imperial residence of the legate of Numidia. Lambaesis, was for a time capital of Numidia , with a population of more than 1862 civilians. The city grew but when the legion was dissolved in 238 , the city was deprived of its major economic support.
In modern times Italy sent their political prisoners to the town and, the French established a penal colony there in January 1850. It was guarded by a detachment of the 3rd Zouave regiments . The ruins which covered more than 800 hectares were used to build the prison, and town. A village populated by laborers, artisans and merchants formed around the prison. In 1862 , an agricultural colony of 4619 hectares was created for a hundred settlers. The settlement will create a full-function joint in 1869. Public buildings included a church, hospital and post office.
After independence, Lambèse was renamed and became known as Tazoult. The prison is still used and has attracted criticism for conditions contrary to human rights and is used to hold political opposition members.
Archaeological Heritage includes:
- Garrison Lambèse
- the Praetorian
- The triumphal arch of Lambèse
- The Roman Areana
- the Capitol
- The temple of Aesculapius Lambèse,
- The Roman amphitheater
- Museum of Lambèse
- 1880 = 4732
- 1966 = 64813
- 1977 =9314
- 1984 =11000
- 1998 = 22114
- 2008 = 27493
The town has two schools: the school Emir Abdelkader and Mohamed Slimane Technicum, three middle schools (CEM), thirteen primary schools and a vocational training center. There are health facilities as well. The town has a museum and a library of culture and town hall. The town also boasts a stadium, three playgrounds, a sports hall and a swimming pool.
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- Lounes Gribissa, "Land to Tazoult: Common cramped," El Watan on 10 November 2010
- Achour Cheurfi, Dictionary Algerian localities Casbah Editions, (Algiers, 2011)
- Dalila Ouitis, Concise of place names and place names of Algeria, Ed. Djoussour,(Algiers 2009)
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