Dellys

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Dellys
دلس
City and Common
Dellys
Dellys
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
Dellys
Dellys
Location of Dellys in the Algeria
Coordinates: 36°54′48″N 3°54′51″E / 36.913272°N 3.914094°E / 36.913272; 3.914094Coordinates: 36°54′48″N 3°54′51″E / 36.913272°N 3.914094°E / 36.913272; 3.914094
Country  Algeria
Province Boumerdès Province
District Dellys District
APC 2012-2017
Government
 • Type Municipality
 • Mayor Rabah Zerouali (RND)
Area
 • 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
Website http://www.communedellys.dz

Dellys (Arabic: دلّس‎) is a small coastal town in northern Algeria, 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]

History[edit]

It was a Phoenician (Punic) founding called Rusuccuru.[3] In medieval times, the city was called Tedelles.

In Roman times, Rusuccuru became an episcopal see. The names of a few of its bishops are known:[4]

  • Fortunatus (mentioned in 411)
  • Ninellus (mentioned in 419)
  • Metcum (mentioned in 484)

No longer a residential see, the bishopric of Rusuccuru is included in the Catholic Church's list of titular sees.[5]

Bombing[edit]

Main article: 2007 Dellys bombing

On September 8, 2007, at least 30 people were killed and 47 injured in a suicide car bomb attack on an Algerian naval barracks in the Dellys [6]

Demographics[edit]

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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ ONS Statistic (Boumerdès province)
  2. ^ a b populstat.info
  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. (http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.04.0006%3Aalphabetic+letter%3DR%3Aentry+group%3D3%3Aentry%3Drusucurru)
  4. ^ Stefano Antonio Morcelli, Africa christiana, Volume I, Brescia 1816, p. 268
  5. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2013, ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 961
  6. ^ Al-Qaeda claims Algerian bombings retrieved September 10, 2007