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Aurès Mountains

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Aurès Mountains

Aurès Range
Auras / جبال الأوراس
Mountain landscape at Hammam Essalihine
Highest point
Peak Djebel Chélia (Algeria)
Elevation 2,328 m (7,638 ft)
Aurès Mountains is located in Algeria
Countries Algeria and Tunisia
Parent range Atlas Mountain System

The Aurès Mountains, (Berber: Awras, Latin: Aurasium,[1] Arabic: جبال الأوراس‎) are an eastern prolongation of the Atlas Mountain System that lies to the east of the Saharan Atlas in northeastern Algeria.

The mountain range gives its name to the mountainous natural and historical region of the Aurès.


  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • Population 3
  • Features 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Not as tall as the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, the Aurès mountains are the eastern continuation of the Saharan Atlas. The highest peak, at 2,328 metres (7,638 ft), is the Djebel Chélia in Khenchela Province.

The Belezma Range is a northwestern prolongation of the Aurès Mountains located where the Tell Atlas and the Saharan Atlas come together. Its main summits are 2,178 m (7,145 ft) high Djebel Refaâ and 2,136 m (7,007 ft) high Djebel Tichaou.[2]


Historically, the Aurès served as a refuge and bulwark for the Berber tribes, forming a base of resistance against the Romans, Vandals, Byzantine, and Arabs along the centuries.[3]

The mountain area was also a district of French Algeria that existed during and after the Algerian War of Independence from 1954 to 1962. It was in this region that the Algerian War of Independence was started by Berber freedom fighters. The rugged terrain of the Aurès makes it still one of the least developed areas in the Maghreb.


In eastern Algeria the Aurès is a large

  • Les Aurès - Algérie (French). Includes many photos of the region.

External links

  1. ^ Procopius: Vandalic war (Book 3-4)
  2. ^ Belezma National Park - Travel to Algeria
  3. ^ Conant, Jonathan (2012). Staying Roman : conquest and identity in Africa and the Mediterranean, 439-700. Cambridge New York: Cambridge University Press. p. 280 -281.  
  4. ^ La vie économique du Chaouia de l'Aurès


See also

Location of the Aurès region in Algeria.
View of one of the mountains of the Belezma Range, a western subrange of the Aures.
Landscape of southern area of the range.



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