john tiong chunghoo

Gold Star - 4,927 Points (Jan 21,1960 / Sibu, Sarawak, Borneo East Malaysia)

United Nations Heritage Site Haiku - Djemila, Algeria - Poem by john tiong chunghoo

Djemila (means beautiful in Arabic)
in the mountain
a beauty slowly ages

a beauty slowly dries up
in the mountain

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The Roman presence in Algeria during five centuries has given birth to about 500 cities stretching out over the country. One of them is Djemila. Situated 900 m above sea-level, located on the high plains of Setif, between the littoral Atlas and Aures.Djémila include a theatre, two fora, temples, basilicas, arches, streets and houses.
Under the name of Cuicul, the city was built during the first century A.D. as a military garrison situated on a narrow triangular plateau. The city was initially populated by a colony of soldiers, and eventually grew to become a large trading market. The resources that contributed to the prosperity of the city were essentially agricultural (cereals, olive trees and farm) . The city was slowly abandoned after the fall of the Roman Empire around the 5th century and 6th century. The Muslims later dominated the region but did not reoccupy the site of Cuicul, which they renamed Djemila ('beautiful' in Arabic) .
Dejemila is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it was inscribed as such in 1982. It was recognized because of its unique adaptation of Roman architecture to a mountain environment. wiki

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Poem Edited: Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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