El Maâmoura

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El Maâmoura
Commune and town
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Country  Tunisia
Governorate Nabeul Governorate
Time zone CET (UTC+1)

El Maâmoura is a town and commune located in the peninsula of Cap Bon in the Nabeul Governorate, Tunisia. In 2004 it had a population of 6,619.[1]

The city took the name of a cape, Ras Maâmoura, and is identified with a long beach, which attracts many tourists, and a salt lake of 450 hectares subject to special protection because of its rich ecosystem .

Every summer the city hosts a multicultural festival called Festival of Sidi Ben Daoud .

Etymology[edit]

Maâmoura name derives from the word "live" or "house", and therefore means "the land or the place inhabited". According to Al Idrissi, in his book of descriptive geography «Nuzhat Al Mushtaq», the city was formerly known as «Ksar Tussihan» or «Tussihan».

History[edit]

According to «Lucette Valensi» (Historian specialized in Mediterranean culture) in her book «Fellahs Tunisiens» (Tunisian Farmers), there was three men who had begun the foundation of Maamoura 800 years ago: Two Moroccans and one from the holy Mecca whose name is «Baâtout». Thus, Most of Maâmoura habitants are descendants of these men, and "Baâtout" remains until now, but as a last name. However, the names of the two Moroccans were unfortunately not mentioned in her book.

Presentation of the town hall[edit]

Maâmoura's town hall was established in May 3, 1966.

Mayors since 1966

- Sadok Makhlouf (Professor): 1966 to 1969

- Habib Makhlouf (Teacher): 1969 to 1972

- Abdelhamid Ben Slimène (Lawyer): 1972 to 1975

- Daoud Issa (Engineer): 1975 to 1980

- Rashid Zayani (Teacher): 1980 to 1990

- Abdelhamid Baâtout (General Inspector of Education): 1990 to 2005

- Tahar Ben Slimène (Surgeon): 2005 to 2010

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Coordinates: 36°28′N 10°48′E / 36.467°N 10.800°E / 36.467; 10.800