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City in north-central Algeria with 130,000 inhabitants (2005 estimate), on the foot of Nador Mountain at an elevation of 920 metres.
It is the capital of Lemdiyya province with 900,000 inhabitants (2005 estimate) and an area of 8,866 km².
Medea's economy is largely connected with local agriculture, which specializes in the production of wine and high-grade cereals. Medea has also some industry, producing pumps and irrigation equipment and different handicrafts.
Medea is connected with other urban centres with rail and road. Blida is 40 km north and Bouira 130 km east.
Medea is dominated by its French quarters with the rectangular city plan, public gardens and red-tiled buildings.

Medea is the site of the Roman military post of Lambdia.
10th century: Founded by Yussuf Buluggin ibn Ziri, founder of the Zirid Dynasty.
14th century: Becomes the capital of the Ottoman principality (beylik) Titteri.
1835: Conquered by Abd al-Qadir.
1840: Conquered by the French.

By Tore Kjeilen