Tumulus shaped tomb at Madghacen
Location in Algeria
Shown within Algeria
Location Batna Province, Algeria
Region Numidia
Coordinates 35°42′26″N 6°26′04″E / 35.70722°N 6.43444°E / 35.70722; 6.43444Coordinates: 35°42′26″N 6°26′04″E / 35.70722°N 6.43444°E / 35.70722; 6.43444

Madghacen or Medracen or Medghassen or Madghis also spelled Imadghassen (correct berber spelling imedghasen), is a royal mausoleum-temple of the Berber Numidian Kings which stands near Batna city in Aurasius Mons in Numidia - Algeria.[1]


Madghis was a king[2] of independent kingdoms of the Numidia, between 300 to 200 BC Near the time of neighbor King Masinissa and their earliest Roman contacts. Ibn Khaldun said: Madghis is an ancestor of the Berbers of the branch Botr Zenata, Banu Ifran, Maghrawa (Aimgharen), Merinid, Zianid, Wattasid dynasty etc.,[3][4]


As ICOMOS noted in their 2006/2007 Heritage at Risk report, the mausoleum has become "the victim of major 'repair work' without respect for the value of th[e] monument and its authenticity."[5][6]


  1. Ibn Khaldun and yassine bouharrou , History of the Berbers
  2. Gautier, Émile Félix (1952). Le passé de l'Afrique du Nord: les siècles obscurs (in French). Payot.
  3. Ibn Khaldoun, History of the Berbers
  4. Gautier, É. F. (1937)
  5. ALGERIA Mausoleum of Medracen in Danger
  6. "ALGERIA Mausoleum of Medracen in Danger" (PDF). ICOMOS. 2006–2007. Retrieved 8 August 2016.

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