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Constantine, Algeria

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Constantine (Arabic: قسنطينة, romanized: Qusanṭīnah), also spelled Qacentina[5] or Kasantina, is the capital of Constantine Province in northeastern Algeria. During Roman times it was called Cirta and was renamed "Constantina" in honour of Emperor Constantine the Great. Located somewhat inland, Constantine is about 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the Mediterranean coast, on the banks of the Rhumel River.

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Constantine
قسنطينة
Qusanṭīnah
Official seal of Constantine
Nickname: 
City of Bridges
Location of Constantine within Constantine Province
Location of Constantine within Constantine Province
Constantine is located in Algeria
Constantine
Constantine
Location within Algeria
Coordinates: 36°21′N 6°36′E
CountryAlgeria
ProvinceConstantine Province
DistrictConstantine District
Cirta203 BC
Government
  PresidentA. Chibane (2007–12)
Area
  Total2,288 km2 (883 sq mi)
Elevation694 m (2,277 ft)
Population
 (2008)census[2] [3]
  Total464,219
  Density200/km2 (530/sq mi)
DemonymConstantinian
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
Postal code
250xx
Area code(+213) 031
ClimateCsa
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Historical population
YearPop.±%
1832 25,000    
1847 20,800−16.8%
1911 65,193+213.4%
1987 440,842+576.2%
Source: Cole[4]

Constantine is regarded as the capital of eastern Algeria and the commercial centre of its region and has a population of about 450,000 (938,475[6] with the agglomeration), making it the third largest city in the country after Algiers and Oran. There are several museums and historical sites located around the city. Constantine is often referred to as the "City of Bridges" because of the numerous picturesque bridges connecting the various hills, valleys, and ravines that the city is built on and around.

Constantine was named the Arab Capital of Culture in 2015.[7]

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