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Médéa, population 123,535 is the capital city of Médéa Province, Algeria. It is located roughly 83 km south of Algiers.The present-day city is situated on the site of an ancient Roman military post and has a history dating back to the 10th century. The town is French in character, with a rectangular city plan, red tile-roofed buildings, and beautiful public gardens. The hills surrounding Médéa are covered with vineyards, orchards, and farms that yield abundant grain. Médéa’s chief products are wines, irrigation equipment, and various handicrafts.EtymologyMedea is a Roman city named ad Medix or Media, so called because it was equidistant from Tirinadi and Sufnsar rest house of Mauretania caesarean on the road linking the capital Caesarea to the colony Auzia .HistoryDuring the Roman Empire there was a settlement called Lamdia at Médéa. During the Roman Empire the town of Lamdia, was the seat of an ancient Christian bishopric of the Roman province of Mauritania Cesariense. Only one bishop of the town is known. The Donatist Felix, attended the 411 Conference of Carthage. The town at that time had no Catholic bishops. Today Lamdia survives as a titular bishopric of the Roman Church and the current bishop is Marian Eleganti, bishop of Chur.
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