|2002||Tentative list||Submitted as tentative site by State Party|Jorge Sanchez (Spain):
I specially travelled from Constantine to Annaba in order to pay my respects to one of the wisest men of the Humankind: Saint Augustine of Hippo.
I had visited the Basilique Notre-Dame d’Afrique, Algiers, and inside I was told by a French priest that in the Basilica in Annaba I would find a bone of Saint Augustine. So, I resolved to get there.
I was not disappointed. The Catholic Basilica in Annaba was superb and located in a wonderful place facing the sea, heading to Rome.
At the gate there was an imposing statue representing Saint Augustine.
The priest in Annaba was a national from Congo (Kinshasa) and was very friendly giving us (there were pilgrims) explanations about the life of Saint Augustine.
After that visit I walked to the ruins of the old Hippo, just beneath the Basilica, and then to the downtown, where I found accommodation in front of the railway station.
The next day I took a train straight to Oran.
Date posted: June 2014
Have you been to Sites, lieux et itineraires augustiniens du Maghreb central? Share your experiences!