Tajura

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Coordinates: 32°52′54.59″N 13°20′23.76″E / 32.8818306°N 13.3399333°E / 32.8818306; 13.3399333

Tajura
تاجوراء
Tajura is located in Libya
Tajura
Tajura
Location in Libya
Coordinates: 32°52′54.59″N 13°20′23.76″E / 32.8818306°N 13.3399333°E / 32.8818306; 13.3399333
Country Libya
Muhafazah Greater Tripoli
Baladiyah Tajura
Government
 • Governing body Tajura Municipal Council
Elevation 6 m (22 ft)
Population (2006)[1]
 • Total 48,836
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
1913 map with Tajura (spelled Tagiura), on the Mediterranean in the Tripolitania region.
Tajura Oasis in 1913.
Murad Agha Mosque in Tajura

Tajura (Arabic: تاجوراءTājūrā’), also spelt Tajoura, is a town in north-western Libya, and baladiyah in the Tripoli Muhafazah, on the Mediterranean coast 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) east of Tripoli.[2]

From 2001 to 2007 Tajura was the capital of the Tajura wa Arba' District. Tajura is also known to be the most anti-Gaddafi district in Tripoli and had high casualties in the Libyan Civil War.

History[edit]

The Ottoman Turks established a base at Tajura in 1531.[3] Under the command of Khayr al-Din, the site was selected for its proximity to Tripoli which had come under the Knights of Malta in 1530 when Charles V of Spain, as King of Sicily, had given them Tripoli, Gozo and Malta. Tripoli was captured in the Siege of Tripoli.

Tajura was the center of Libya's nuclear research, with a 10 megawatt reactor, built by the Soviet Union, which came online in 1981.[4]

During the second Libyan Civil War, Tajura has become associated with the insurgency of 101 Battalion.

Districts of Tajura[edit]

  • Abe Al Ash'her
  • Al-Marouhna
  • Al Hamidiya
  • Be'ar Al Sanyaa
  • Shatt al-Sidi Othman (Sidi Othman)
  • Btisp
  • Be'ar Al Osta Milad
  • El Atamana
  • Dakhla
  • Rima
  • Jaber Al-Diyar
  • Almchai - Aribat - and the cemetery Sahaabi and Hada title Almchai
  • Market - the middle
  • Goudec
  • Punishment (the headquarters of the commander Uqba)
  • Al Knadra

al mashin

Tourism in Tajura[edit]

  • Tajura tourist village Sidi al-Andalus. Used occasionally as a meeting place by Muammar al-Gaddafi. Mainly used as guest house by Teknica (UK) Ltd, and for a short time by Taknia Libya. Demolished in December 2010.
  • Village Heroj
  • Fish Market
  • "Best Fish Restaurants and Takeways in Libya"

Tajura Sports Centre[edit]

  • Club editorial
  • Club Abe Al Ash'her
  • Club Hamidiya

References[edit]

  1. ^ 15 years and older (Libyan and non-Libyan) see bsc.ly
  2. ^ Ham, Anthony (2002) "East of Tripoli: Tajura to Al-Khoms" Libya Lonely Planet, Hawthorn, Victoria, Canada, page 133, ISBN 0-86442-699-2
  3. ^ Abun-Nasr, Jamil M. (2005) A history of the Maghrib in the Islamic period page 192
  4. ^ Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (2005) SIPRI Yearbook 2005: Armaments, disarmament and international security Humanities Press, New York, page 636, OCLC 2211125