Lunsar

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Lunsar
Lunsar is located in Sierra Leone
Lunsar
Lunsar
Location in Sierra Leone
Coordinates: 08°41′00″N 12°32′00″W / 8.68333°N 12.53333°W / 8.68333; -12.53333
CountryFlag of Sierra Leone.svg Sierra Leone
ProvinceNorthern Province
DistrictPort Loko District
Population
 (2004 estimate)
 • Total36,108 [1].
Time zoneUTC-5 (GMT)

Lunsar is a town in Marampa Chiefdom, Port Loko District in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone.[1] It is the largest town in Port Loko District by population. The Britannica estimate of the population of Lunsar is 36,108[2]. The town is one of the main commercial and business hub in the North of Sierra Leone. Lunsar lies approximately 50 miles east of Freetown[2] and about 18 miles south-east of the district capital of Port Loko[3]. The inhabitants of Lunsar are largely from the Temne ethnic group.

History[edit]

Its most recent history has been an iron ore mining town. The ore, for the most part, is set in stone which forms a huge mountain, called Massaboin Hill. The word stone in the local Temne language is "Sar," and thus befits the area where the iron ore was found. Thus, the town's initial name was "Ro-Sar" meaning the place where the stones are found. Ro-sar later evolved to Lunsar during the colonial era.

Sports & culture[edit]

Lunsar is the home to Sierra Leone's largest cycling team, the Lunsar Cycling Team. The team has run an annual bike race, the Tour de Lunsar, since 2016.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lunsar, Sierra Leone.
  2. ^ Around the World

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 08°41′N 12°32′W / 8.683°N 12.533°W / 8.683; -12.533