Overlooking the archaeological park of Hippo Regius is the modern Basilica of St. Augustine, begun in 1881, completed in 1900, and recently renovated by the Algerian government. The stones used to construct the church were imported from France, and so was a bone said to be part of Augustine’s arm. It is sometimes advertised as his elbow. The church was closed, so I didn’t see it. Info on the bone and some pictures are available here.
Who knows what Augustine would have thought about having a bone of his on display. In the Confessions, he says his mother told him as she died, “bury my body anywhere” (9.11.27). Her point was to remember a person but worship God, not a person’s body.
But elbows aside, the exterior of the basilica is beautiful and blends European and Algerian styles.
I have uploaded a few more pictures here.
Here is a view of the church from the archaeological park.
Partway up the hill to the church is the ancient theater of Hippo Regius.
The French cleared the ancient ruins on the hill to build the church, as they did when building barracks, prisons, and so forth elsewhere in Algeria during the colonial period. Many ancient sites were lost this way.
The church attracts tourists, both foreign and local. Algerians are proud to call Augustine a compatriot.