Archaeological Museum of Cherchell, Algeria

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Carole Raddato
published on 31 January 2023

The Archaeological Museum of Cherchell in Algeria is located in the centre of the seaport town of Cherchell in Tipaza Province, Algeria. Constructed in 1908 and made up of four galleries opening onto a patio, the museum contains an extraordinary collection of sculptures, some of the finest in the country. The whole collection was discovered in the city itself (the Roman town of Caesarea in Mauretania) from 1840 onwards.

Among many highlights are marble busts of Juba II and Cleopatra Selene, a colossal statue of a Roman emperor, probably Augustus or Claudius, and a statue of a naked Apollo in the finest white marble (a copy of a 5th-century BCE Greek original), believed to be by the master Phidias. The collection of mosaics is equally stunning and includes a Roman mosaic depicting the Triumph of Dionysus, the Three Graces and the Labours of the Fields.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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