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Constantine, Algeria

Administration
Full nameConstantine
Official nameConstantine
Native nameقسنطينة, Qusanṭīnah also known as Kasantina
Settlement typeCommune and city
CountryAlgeria
ProvinceConstantine Province
DistrictConstantine District
Government
PresidentA. Chibane (2007-2012)
Geography
Total Area883.2 sq mi (2288 km2)
Demography
Total Population448374 (2008)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)

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Constantine ( , , also spelled Qasentinaalso spelled as Kasantina) is the capital of Constantine Province in north-eastern Algeria. It was the capital of the same-named French département until 1962. Slightly inland, it is about 80 kilometres from the Mediterranean coast, on the banks of Rhumel river. Regarded as the capital of eastern Algeria and the centre of its region, Constantine has a population of 448,374 (1,000,000 with the agglomeration), making it the third largest city in the country after Algiers and Oran. There are museums and important historical sites around the city (one of the most beautiful one is the Palais du Bey, in the casbah)


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