El Battan

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El Battan

البطان
Commune and town
Tebourba el-battan.
Tebourba el-battan.
Country Tunisia
GovernorateManouba Governorate
Population
(2014)
 • Total6,458
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)

El Battan is a town and commune in the Manouba Governorate, Tunisia. As of 2004 it had a population of 5,761.[1] Attached to the governorate of Manouba , it is a municipality with 5,761 inhabitants in 2004 [2] and the capital of a delegation of 17,321 inhabitants.

El Batan is located at 36°48'13"N, 9°50'38"E, west of Tunis.

The city is in the center of a large plain where intensive irrigation is practiced. It is also known for the breeding of horses. There is a subsidiary of the National Foundation for the improvement of the horse race. During the French protectorate , El Battan was a strategic location for the settlement of farmers. French-style houses still exist there.

Extract of the Tabula Peutingeriana showing area around El Battan, during 4th century.

A bridge of Roman origin allows travelers to cross the Medjerda. Traditionally, washing and crushing of wool was practiced there, especially for the manufacture of the chechias .


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Coordinates: 36°49′N 9°50′E / 36.817°N 9.833°E / 36.817; 9.833