History in Laghouat

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The modern city dates back to 1852 when the French army took Laghouat. The old city laid in ruins. Urban reconstruction began directly after the end of the siege. General Du Barail shaped the city and gave it its present form. General Margueritte widened and aligned the streets, thus allowing air and light to enter everywhere. Houses, often with arcades, were built in roomy and rectilinear streets. Thus, the map of the modern city was traced. Later administrators just could follow in General Margueritte's footsteps. Laghouat, nowadays, has a completely French street plan; only those streets running through the parks of the oasis are an exception.

February 08, 2005 change by reen (1 point)

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