Nalut

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Nalut
نالوت
Lalút
Nalut ruins.jpg
Nalut is located in Libya
Nalut
Nalut
Location in Libya
Coordinates: 31°52′06″N 10°58′57″E / 31.86833°N 10.98250°E / 31.86833; 10.98250Coordinates: 31°52′06″N 10°58′57″E / 31.86833°N 10.98250°E / 31.86833; 10.98250
Country  Libya
Region Tripolitania
District Nalut
Elevation[1] 632 m (2,073 ft)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Total 26,788
  calculated
Time zone UTC + 2

Nalut (sometimes Lalút[3]) (Arabic: نالوت‎) is the capital of the Nalut District[4] in Libya. Nalut lies approximately half way between Tripoli and Ghadames, at the western end of the Nafusa Mountains coastal range, in the Tripolitania region.

The town is a long-time Berber community.

History[edit]

Architecture[edit]

Nalut is home to the Ksar Nalut, which is a granary fortified by a ksour (castle). The facility has been abandoned but is a tourist destination.

The Alal'a Mosque – which is Nalut's oldest mosque – was rebuilt in 1312 CE.

Libyan civil war[edit]

A monument to Muammar Gaddafi's Green Book in the town square was demolished during the Libyan civil war.[citation needed]

In late April 2011, "Radio Free Nalut" began broadcasting in the city.[5] It was one of several rebel-controlled radio stations established during the civil war and conducted broadcasts in Berber.

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Nalut, Libya". Wolfram Alpha LLC. 
  2. ^ "Nālūt". World Gazetteer. Archived from the original on 8 Dec 2012. 
  3. ^ "Nalut, Libya Page". Falling Rain Genomics, Inc. 
  4. ^ "شعبيات الجماهيرية العظمى" [Sha'biyat of Great Jamahiriya] (in Arabic). Archived from the original on 7 February 2009. 
  5. ^ Peterson, Scott (28 April 2011). "Freedom now rings from one mountaintop radio station in western Libya". The Christian Science Monitor. Archived from the original on 2 May 2011. 

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