Tigzirt

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Tigzirt

تيقزيرت
Commune and town
Tigzirt
Tigzirt
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Tigzirt is located in Algeria
Tigzirt
Tigzirt
Coordinates: 36°53′20″N 5°07′30″E / 36.888889°N 5.125°E / 36.888889; 5.125
Country Algeria
ProvinceTizi Ouzou Province
Area
 • Total1,609 sq mi (41,68 km2)
Population
 (2008)
 • Total11,962
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)

Tigzirt, the classical Iomnium, is a small town on the coast of northeast Algeria in Tizi Ouzou Province. It has a sleepy demeanor and attracts only a small number of tourists.

Name[edit]

Tigzirt's name derives from the Berber word for "stream", iġẓeṛ.[1]

History[edit]

The town was established as a Phoenician colony on a small and easily-defended peninsula. Under the Romans, Iomnium was a small port town.

Tourism[edit]

The ruins of a Christian basilica from the 5th century or 6th century are there, situated in the middle of Tigzirt.

The beach is only average in its appeal, as it is stony. It is sheltered and tucked beneath the hills which separate it from Tizi-Ouzou. A local tourist office is open in the summer months and there are lodging quarters at the Hotel el Awres on main street. A few kilometers to the east is located the more upscale Hotel Mizrana.[2]

Overview of the port of Tigzirt

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Lipiński (2004), p. 397–9.
  2. ^ Tigzirt, Morocco, Algeria, & Tunisia, Geoff Crowther and Hugh Finlay, Lonely Planet, 2nd Edition, April 1992, p. 291.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Lipiński, Edward (2004), Itineraria Phoenicia, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta, No. 127, Studia Phoenicia, Vol. XVIII, Leuven: Uitgeverij Peeters.

Coordinates: 36°54′N 4°07′E / 36.900°N 4.117°E / 36.900; 4.117