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Motto: "From the people, for the people"
Location of Taher in the Boumerdès Province
Location of Taher in the Boumerdès Province
Dellys is located in Algeria
Location of Dellys in the Algeria
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Country  Algeria
Province Boumerdès Province
District Dellys District
APC 2012-2017
 • Type Municipality
 • Mayor Rabah Zerouali (RND)
 • Total 2,504 sq mi (64,86 km2)
Population (2008)
 • Total 32,954 [1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
Postal code 35100
ISO 3166 code CP

Dellys (Arabic: دلّس‎‎) is a small Mediterranean town in northern Algeria's coastal Boumerdès Province, almost due north of Tizi-Ouzou and just east of the river Sebaou.

It is notable for an Ottoman-era casbah, two colonial-era lighthouses (marking Cape Bengut), and some beaches; the principal activities of the area are fishing and farming.

In 1998 it had a population of 19,500 in the municipality.[2]


Historical population[2]
Year Population
1901 14,000
1926 17,000
1954 21,600
1966 10,300
1987 29,700
16,100 (municipality)
1998 19,500 (municipality)


It was originally a Phoenician (Punic) founding, called Rusucurru or Rusuccuru.[3]

As a town in the Roman province of Mauretania Caesariensis, it was important enough to become a suffragan bishopric.

In medieval times, the city was called Tedelles.


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On September 8, 2007, at least 30 people were killed and 47 injured in an Al-Qaeda-claimed suicide car bomb attack on an Algerian naval barracks in Dellys [4]

Ecclesiastical history

In Roman times, Rusuccuru became an episcopal see. The names of a few of its bishops are known:[5]

  • Fortunatus (mentioned in 411)
  • Optatus (a Donatist mentioned in 411)
  • Ninellus (mentioned in 419)
  • Metcum (mentioned in 484)

Titular see of Rusuccuru

No longer a residential see, the bishopric of Rusuccuru is included in the Catholic Church's list of titular sees.[6] In Latin the titular bishopric is known as Rusuccurrensis.

The Ancient diocese was nominally restored in 1933 and so far has had the following incumbents, all Latin (Roman Rite) and of the lowest (episcopal) rank :

  • Dennis Walter Hickey (1968.01.05 – 1999.10.06)
  • Kevin Joseph Farrell (2001.12.28 – 2007.03.06)
  • Marek Mendyk, Auxiliary Bishop of Legnica (2008.12.24 – ...)


  1. ONS Statistic (Boumerdès province)
  2. 2.0 2.1
  3. Entry Rusucurru, in: The Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical sites. Stillwell, Richard. MacDonald, William L. McAlister, Marian Holland. Princeton, N.J. Princeton University Press. 1976. (
  4. Al-Qaeda claims Algerian bombings retrieved September 10, 2007
  5. Stefano Antonio Morcelli, Africa christiana, Volume I, Brescia 1816, p. 268
  6. Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2013, ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 961

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