The vast ruins on the ancient Roman area of Hippo Regius, generally known as Hippone, are probably the most evocative in Algeria, stretched across a rolling site, brimming with flowers, rosemary, olive trees, birds and sheep, and overlooked because of the imposing, colonial-era Basilica de Saint Augustine. You enter from the thing that was the seafront, the river having receded hundreds of metres in the millennia.
The district nearby the entrance and seafront was residential plus the remains of countless villas is usually visited, their courtyards marked by columns and some with the walls and floors still visible. The so-called Villa with the Labyrinth and Villa on the Procurateur are definitely the most impressive. Here too are definitely the remains on the smaller southern baths.
The path will continue to the Christian quarter the place that the 42m-long outline on the grand basilica can nonetheless be traced, especially its central apse, which unusually faces north, while its floors continue to be covered with mosaics. This may well have already been the basilica where Saint Augustine was bishop - the date is appropriate, but there is however no other evidence to prove the chance. A path of massive paving slabs, laid over drains, contributes to the market (a central dias this is where slaves where sold) then on for the forum. It stands 76m by 43m, by of its 3.6m-high columns still intact. The forum was encompassed by a colonnade, several small shrines, a fountain for the northern end and latrines towards the south. In the middle stood the original capitol and many statues (ones nothing remains), and beyond is undoubtedly an inscription by one from the city’s benefactors, C Paccius Africanus, made proconsul in AD 78 by Emperor Vespasien.
There are lots of other ruins here and after dark fence and fun is usually had checking out the meadows trying to find ancients walls, patches of mosaics or use the beaten-up theatre (near to the road before the Basilica de Saint Augustine). Guides for the site will often be available from the Annaba museum but a majority of don't speak any English.