About forty kilometres south of Blida and at an altitude of 920 m, the Roman Lambdia occupies the centre of a depression dug by the Chiffa wadi between the Blidéen Atlas and the Ouarsenis massif, at the foot of the Nador djebel (1,108 m). The present city, founded by the Fatimids and fortified by the Ottomans, developed around the cultivation of fruit trees brought by the Andalusians, before becoming one of the symbols of the resistance against the French in the mid-19th century. Under the Ottoman regency, it was said of her: "Medea, city of plenty; if evil enters it in the morning, it comes out in the evening". Today Médéa is above all an administrative and residential town, without much interest for tourists, but its surroundings are interesting. Among the sites not to be missed: the monastery of Tibhirine. It should be noted that the city was shaken in 2016 by a violent earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale, which caused minor property damage and 65 injuries. Fortunately, there were no casualties.

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