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The Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania – Algeria

The Maghreb and Land of the Atlas are common nicknames for Algeria. Incredible natural landscapes, which span from the Sahara Desert to the Kabylia Mountains and to the Mediterranean Sea, captivate travellers of the less-travelled country of Algeria.

The Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania is a funerary monument located on the road between Cherchell and Algiers, in Tipaza Province, Algeria. The mausoleum is the tomb where the Numidian Berber King Juba II (son of Juba I of Numidia) and the Queen Cleopatra Selene II, sovereigns of Numidia and Mauretania Caesariensis, were allegedly buried. However, their human remains have not been found at the site, perhaps due to tomb raiding.

The sepulcher is sometimes known as the Mausoleum of Juba and Cleopatra Selene. In French, it is called the Tombeau de la Chrétienne (“the tomb of the Christian woman”) because there is a Christian cross-like shape of the division lines on the false door.

The mausoleum was built in 3 BC by the last King of Numidia, and later King of Mauretania Caesariensis, Juba II (son of Juba I of Numidia) and his wife Cleopatra Selene II, She was an Egyptian-Greek Ptolemaic princess, the daughter of the Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt and Roman Triumvir Mark Antony. Through her marriage to Juba II, she became the last Queen of Numidia and later Queen of Mauretania Caesariensis.

The human remains of Juba II and Cleopatra Selene have not been found at the site. This perhaps due to a grave robbery that occurred at an uncertain time (possibly shortly after the Mausoleum’s construction). It is also possible that the structure was simply meant to serve as a memorial and not an actual place of burial.

Source: wikipedia

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