Tiaret, Algeria

City and capital of Tiaret department, 110 mi E of Oran, in the N Atlas Mountains, NW Algeria. Inhabited since Roman times, it became the capital of western Algeria during the Byzantine period and was the home of a Muslim dynasty in the later Middle Ages.

It passed to the Turks in the 16th century, was taken by France in 1843, and was entirely rebuilt as a modern city.

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