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: تاجوراء‎‎ Tājūrā’), 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 revolution.

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.

The name Tajoura is rumoured to be named after a princess who lost her crown. "Taj" meaning crown, and "oura" being the name of the princess, the crown was found in this area and so was named Tajoura (Oura's crown).

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
  • Diyar Jaber
  • Almchai - Aribat - and the cemetery Sahaabi and Hada title Almchai
  • Market - the middle
  • Goudec
  • Punishment (the headquarters of the commander Uqba)
  • Al Knadra
  • Andilsi
  • Shatt span

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"
  • Tajoura city centre (Al- Muzdawaja)
  • The palm tree next to the mosque

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