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Constantine or Qusantînah, located in north-eastern Algeria is one of the main cities in the country. It is the capital of the Constantine Province and is also considered as the capital of eastern Algeria. The city is next to a ravine giving it a dramatic appearance. The picturesque surroundings, numerous bridges and a viaduct across the ravine offer several impressive sites for visitors to see.

Travellers can easily find their way to Constantine, as the city is conveniently connected to other major cities of Algeria. The roads inside the city are well-maintained and visitors can either hire taxis or take buses to move around.

The city sees a strong religious background and there are several religious and cultural associations like the Algerian Astronomy Association, Al Jahidhiya Arabic Literary Association and the Aquastat Association. The Emir Abd El Kader Masjid in Constantine houses the University of Islamic Sciences is among the largest Masaajid in Africa. The Masjid is located in the heart of the city.

To visit, there are a number of museums in Constantine. The Gustave Mercier Museum has ancient and modern art on display. The Cirta Museum houses artefacts that were discovered from excavations in the city and the nearby area of Tiddis.

Throughout Constantine there are over seven bridges. The Gantaret El Hibal Bridge is the most famous out of all. It is one among the highest suspended bridges in the world. Adventurous visitors can try bungee jumping from this bridge.

The Palace of Ahmed Bey is a beautiful monument for travellers to visit. The Soumma Mausoleum and the Massinissa's Mausoleum are also religious historic sites for travellers to visit. The ruins of the Antonian Roman aqueduct are also an interesting sight to visit.

Plunge into history in the lanes of the Old Town (Casbah) of Constantine. The Souk el-Ghazal Masjid, Grand Masjid and the Ben-Badis Masjid are among some of the most famous Masaajid in the city.

Finding halal restaurants in Constantine is not a problem for travellers. The huge population of Muslims in the city has given rise to a large halal food market and there are several halal restaurants where visitors can dine. The most relished dishes in the city are chekhchoukha, couscous, baklawa, bouzelouf and chewa, a type of barbeque.

Throughout the city, visitors can find several places to shop. The Casbah has small stalls and shops lined along the lanes.

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