El Alia

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This article is about the town in northern Tunisia. For the town in Algeria, see El Allia.
El Alia
Commune and town
Main Street, El Alia
Main Street, El Alia
Country  Tunisia
Governorate Bizerte Governorate
Population (2014)
 • Total 27,075
Time zone CET (UTC+1)

El Alia is a town and commune in the Bizerte Governorate, Tunisia.

It was the ancient Uzalis in the Roman province of Africa Proconsularis, which became a Christian bishopric that is included in the Catholic Church's list of titular sees.[1]

It is not to be confused with El Alia Cemetery, which is in Algeria.


This city has existed since Roman times. The name then being Uzalis[2] while his current name would come to him from its founder in the Middle Ages: Ali El Balight. There are still some Roman ruins scattered throughout the city.

The population is largely composed of descendants of Andalusians who fled Spain after the Christian reconquest. Andalusian architecture has left its mark on the ancient city situated at the top of the hill (Djebel H'kima). The new city developed in the plains surrounding the ancient city. Monuments such as the Great Mosque and some mausoleums survived the modernization of the city, the walls and gates surrounding the old city having been destroyed at the beginning of the 20th century.

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  1. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2013, ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 1003
  2. ^ Alfred Louis Delattre, Un pèlerinage aux ruines de Carthage et au musée Lavigerie, éd. (Imprimerie de J. Poncet, Lyon, 1906) (deuxième édition), p. 24.

Coordinates: 37°10′N 10°02′E / 37.167°N 10.033°E / 37.167; 10.033