The modern city was founded by the French army, who built their own fortress on the site in 1848, using the line of the medieval city wall and the Byzantine fortress.
On 8 May 1945, the day of the formal end of World War II in Europe, an uprising against the occupying French forces in Sétif and the nearby towns Guelma and Kherrata resulted in the deaths of 104 pieds-noirs. The uprising was suppressed through what is now known as the Sétif massacre. Estimates vary widely from 2,000 to 40,000 Algerian casualties.
bus stationYou can take a cab to get to the city centre for about DA 100.
Ain Arnat AirportSétif has its own airport. There are local flights to and from Algiers and Oran, and international flights to and from Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Mulhouse and Saint-Étienne in France, and other cities in Europe like Basel in Switzerland.
Ain El Fouara FountainThe fountain is decorated with sculptures by the French sculptor Francis de Saint-Vidal, and was inaugurated in 1899.
Byzantine citadeladdress: Rue Arab AmarIts west and south walls are still visible.
Sitifis Roman circusThe ruins of Sitifis' U-shaped Roman circus have now mostly been built over; only the southern curved end remains visible.
Djémilaaddress: 46 km northeastThis very picturesque former Roman town is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is possible to walk amongst the ruins and take a close look at the structures. However, there are no signs at the site, so a map or guide will be helpful. Under the name "Cuicul", Djémila was built 900 metres above sea level during the 1st century AD as a Roman military garrison on a narrow triangular plateau in the province of Numidia. Cuicul's builders followed a standard plan with a forum at the center and two main streets, the Cardo Maximus and the Decumanus Maximus, composing the major axes.
W11The food is some of the best you will find in Algeria outside of the capital.
- Ibis and Novotel hotels: the first is 3 stars and the second is 4 stars.
address: Avenue de L'armee de la Liberation NationalOpen November 2018.
Hotel El MokhtarThe rooms include air-conditioning, TV, and wi-fi.