: formerly La Calle
, Latin Thinisa in Numidia
) is a seaport of Algeria
, in El Tarf Province
, 56 miles (90 km) by rail east of Annaba
and 10 miles (16 km) west of the Tunisian
frontier. It is the centre of the Algerian and Tunisian coral
fisheries and has an extensive industry in the curing of sardines
. The harbor is small and exposed to the northeast and west winds.
The old fishing harbor at El Kala facing the decommissioned Saint Cyprien Church
El Kala attracts tourists from within and outside the country, especially during the summer. It is home to an exceptional ecosystem and was declared a biosphere reserve
Ruins of Bastion de France. A popularly frequented beach adjacent to the ruins of the bastion is named "La Vielle Calle."
Thinisa in Numidia
was an ancient city in the Roman province
. It was important enough to become a bishopric
. The old fortified town was built on a rocky peninsula
about 400 metres long, connected with the mainland by a sand bank.
French and Italian coral fishing companies were interested in the area from as early as 1553. A trade bastion[clarification needed]
called "Bastion de France
" by its Corsican
founders was established during that period principally for the exploitation of red coral
and also to facilitate trade between southern France and that part of northern Algeria. The bastion was shut down and returned to the rule of the Bey
After the occupation of La Calle by the French
in 1836, a new town was built up along the coast.
Titular see of Thinisa in Numidia
In 1933, the Ancient diocese of Thinisa in Numidia was nominally restored as a Catholic titular see
of the lowest (episcopal) rank.
The old fishing harbor of El Kala by night. A trade-oriented harbor is under construction in the western side of town.
It has had the following incumbents:
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