Haylan

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Haylan
هيلان
Town
Tomb of Sheikh Darod, the founding father of the Darod clan, in Haylan.
Tomb of Sheikh Darod, the founding father of the Darod clan, in Haylan.
Haylan is located in Somalia
Haylan
Haylan
Location in Somalia.
Coordinates: 10°43′25″N 48°11′27″E / 10.72361°N 48.19083°E / 10.72361; 48.19083
Country  Somalia
Region Sanaag
Elevation 1,324 m (4,344 ft)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Haylan, (Somali: Heylaan), is an ancient town in the northern Sanaag region of Somalia. It is the namesake of the Haylan administrative province.

Overview[edit]

An old settlement, Haylan is the site of numerous ancient ruins and buildings, many of obscure origins. Northern Somalia in general is home to numerous such archaeological sites. However, many of these old structures have yet to be properly explored, a process which would help shed further light on local history and facilitate their preservation for posterity.[1]

Located near Badhan, the town is also where Sheikh Darod, the founding father of the Darod clan, lived and was buried. Sheikh Darod's wife, Dobira, is also buried here.

Administrative divisions[edit]

In 2006, the autonomous Puntland region in northeastern Somalia established a new province named after the town, of which the capital is Dhahar. It borders Bari to the east, Karkaar to the south, and Sanaag to the west.

The Haylan province has four districts:

Gallery[edit]

Ancient cairns and other structures in Haylan, Sanaag, Somalia:

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Hodd, East African Handbook, (Trade & Travel Publications: 1994), p.640.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 10°43′25″N 48°11′27″E / 10.72361°N 48.19083°E / 10.72361; 48.19083