Bizerte

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Bizerte
بنزرت
City
Bizerte City Hall in Belgique Street area
Bizerte City Hall in Belgique Street area
Coat of arms of Bizerte
Coat of arms
Bizerte is located in Tunisia
Bizerte
Bizerte
Location in Tunisia
Coordinates: 37°16′28″N 9°52′26″E / 37.27444°N 9.87389°E / 37.27444; 9.87389
Country Tunisia
GovernorateBizerte Governorate
Government
 • TypeMayor
Area
 • Urban34[1] km2 (13.127 sq mi)
Elevation+ 33 [2] m (16 ft)
Population (2004[1])
 • City114,371[1]
 • Density3.363/km2 (8.712/sq mi)
 • Metro401,144
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
Postal code7000
Area code(s)+216 (Tun) 72 (Bizerte)
Websitehttp://www.commune-bizerte.gov.tn
 
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Bizerte
بنزرت
City
Bizerte City Hall in Belgique Street area
Bizerte City Hall in Belgique Street area
Coat of arms of Bizerte
Coat of arms
Bizerte is located in Tunisia
Bizerte
Bizerte
Location in Tunisia
Coordinates: 37°16′28″N 9°52′26″E / 37.27444°N 9.87389°E / 37.27444; 9.87389
Country Tunisia
GovernorateBizerte Governorate
Government
 • TypeMayor
Area
 • Urban34[1] km2 (13.127 sq mi)
Elevation+ 33 [2] m (16 ft)
Population (2004[1])
 • City114,371[1]
 • Density3.363/km2 (8.712/sq mi)
 • Metro401,144
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
Postal code7000
Area code(s)+216 (Tun) 72 (Bizerte)
Websitehttp://www.commune-bizerte.gov.tn

Bizerte (Arabic: بَنزَرِتْ Banzart‎ ; historically: Phoenician: 𐤄𐤉𐤁𐤅 𐤀𐤊𐤓𐤀 Hippo Acra, Latin: Hippo Diarrhytus and Hippo Zarytus), also known in English as Bizerta, is the capital city of Bizerte Governorate in Tunisia and the northernmost city in Africa. Located 65 km (40mil) north of the capital Tunis, the city had 114,371 inhabitants in 2004.

History[edit]

Aerial view of Bizerte (October 2008)
Phoenician trade routes 1200 BC – 539 BC
Roman mosaic with scenes of fishing and village life (Bardo National Museum, Tunisia)

Bizerte is known as the oldest and most European city in Tunisia. It was founded around 1100 BC by Semitic Phoenicians from Tyre .[3] It is also known as the last town to remain under French control after the rest of the country won its independence from France.

Historical names[edit]

The city has several very different names in ancient authors. Scylax of Caryanda, who first mentioned the names Hippo Acra and Hippo Polis, these names are derived from the Punic :𐤄𐤉𐤁𐤅 𐤀𐤊𐤓𐤀 Hippo Acra[3] during the period of the Carthaginians. The name of Hippo is certainly derived from a Phoenician word[3][4] and not Ancient Greek, found in simple or compound state across North Africa to Spain, (as Hippo Regius in Numidia now Annaba in Algeria, not far from Bizerte). According to Polybius, the ancient Greeks added to Hippo, the nickname Diarrhytos, which means: "Divided by the water" (canal of Bizete); Hippo Diarrhytos :("Ἱππὼν διάρρυτος").[4] During the periods of the Romans, the Vandals and the Byzantine Empire ; the city kept its names Hippo Diarrhytus and Hippo Zarytus.[5] Its current Arabic name: (Banzart/بنزرت), drift of a phonetic transformation of its antique name.[3]

Antiquity : (1100 BC to 647 AD)[edit]

Phoenician ship carved on the face of a sarcophagus. 2nd century AD.

Around 950 BC the city came under the influence of Carthage under the leadership of Queen Dido/Elissa; In 309 BC, during the Greek–Punic Wars and after the defeat of Agathocles, the city and sicily returned to Carthaginian Republic, its port is used by several Carthaginian generals in the Punic Wars as Hamilcar Barca, Mago, Hasdrubal and Hannibal.

Old Port of Bizerte
The moveable bridge of the Bizerte canal

Later history[edit]

Bizerte was successively conquered by the Arabs in 647, by the troops of Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire in 1535 and then by the Turks in 1574. The city then became a corsair harbour and struggled against the French and the Venetians.

With the occupation of Tunisia in 1881, France gained control of Bizerte and built a large naval harbor in the city.

In 1924, after the French government officially recognized the Soviet Union (USSR), the western military fleet of White Russia that had been kept in the port of Bizerte was returned to the Soviet government. The ships were never moved from the port and finally were sold there as scrap metal.

In March 1939, towards the end of the Spanish Civil War, Spanish Republican Navy Commander Miguel Buiza ordered the evacuation of the bulk of the Republican fleet. Three cruisers, eight destroyers and two submarines left Cartagena harbor and reached Bizerte where they were impounded by the French authorities.[6]

During the Second World War, the German Army occupied Bizerte until Allied troops defeated them on 7 May 1943. During the fighting between the Allied forces and the German Army, many of the city inhabitants fled to the countryside or Tunis. The city had suffered significant damage during the battle.[7]

Areal view of Bizerte on 1959

Due to Bizerte's strategic location on the Mediterranean, France retained control of the city and her naval base after Tunisian independence in 1956. In 1961 Tunisian forces blockaded the Area of Bizerte and demanded French withdrawal. The face off turned nasty when a French helicopter took off and drew fire. The French brought in reinforcements; when these were fired upon, France took decisive military action against the Tunisian forces. Using state of the art weapons and decisive force the French took Bizerte and Menzel Bourguiba. During the three days, 700 Tunisians died (1200 wounded); the French lost 24 dead (100 wounded).[citation needed]

Meetings at the UN security council, and other international pressure moved France to agreement; the French military finally abandoned Bizerte on 15 October 1963.[citation needed]

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

Bizerte is located on the north coast of Tunisia, 15 kilometres (9 miles) away from Ras ben Sakka the northernmost point in Africa on the Mediterranean Sea, 20 kilometres ( 12 miles) northeast of the Ichkeul lake ( world heritage site), 30 kilometres (18 miles) north of the archaeological site of Utica and 65 kilometres (40 miles) north of Tunis.

The city is situated at the southeastern tip of an isthmus on the north shore of the canal of Bizerte linking the mediterraean sea to the Bizerte lake, it is connected to the rest of its urban area located on the south shore of the canal, formed by the locality of Zarzouna and the towns of Menzel Jemil and Menzel Abderrahmane, by a moveable bridge which led directly to the motorway A4 leading to Tunis–Carthage International Airport and the capilal Tunis.
Bizerte is noted for its beautiful forests and scenery and it is especially well known for the great and large beaches, like Sidi Salem, La Grotte, Rasenjela, and Al Rimel, its coasts are close to both Sardinia and Sicily.

Climate[edit]

The Bizete's Climate considered as hot semi-arid [8] bordering with hot-summer mediterranean.[9]

The highest recorded temperature was 46.5 °C (115.7 °F) on 19 July 1987, while the lowest recorded temperature was −6.11 °C (21.00 °F) on 27 January 2007.[10]

Climate data for Bizerte
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °C (°F)27.6
(81.7)
27
(81)
33.5
(92.3)
33
(91)
40.3
(104.5)
46
(115)
46.5
(115.7)
45.3
(113.5)
43
(109)
40.5
(104.9)
30.8
(87.4)
27.2
(81)
46.5
(115.7)
Average high °C (°F)14.9
(58.8)
15.5
(59.9)
17.3
(63.1)
20.2
(68.4)
23.4
(74.1)
27.9
(82.2)
30.8
(87.4)
31.1
(88)
29.3
(84.7)
25.1
(77.2)
20.6
(69.1)
16
(61)
22.68
(72.83)
Daily mean °C (°F)11.2
(52.2)
11.4
(52.5)
13.1
(55.6)
15.3
(59.5)
18.3
(64.9)
22.6
(72.7)
25.3
(77.5)
25.7
(78.3)
24.2
(75.6)
20.4
(68.7)
16
(61)
12.3
(54.1)
17.98
(64.38)
Average low °C (°F)7.5
(45.5)
7.4
(45.3)
8.9
(48)
10.4
(50.7)
13.2
(55.8)
17.4
(63.3)
19.8
(67.6)
20.4
(68.7)
19.1
(66.4)
15.7
(60.3)
11.4
(52.5)
8.6
(47.5)
12.6
(54.7)
Record low °C (°F)−6.1
(21)
−5.3
(22.5)
−3.7
(25.3)
−2
(28)
3
(37)
8.3
(46.9)
11
(52)
10
(50)
10.5
(50.9)
2
(36)
0
(32)
−3.8
(25.2)
−6.1
(21)
Precipitation mm (inches)76
(2.99)
62
(2.44)
56
(2.2)
36
(1.42)
26
(1.02)
11
(0.43)
3
(0.12)
5
(0.2)
29
(1.14)
56
(2.2)
66
(2.6)
101
(3.98)
527
(20.74)
Avg. precipitation days141310763116111316101
Mean monthly sunshine hours1421642182373053313843552662091541322,897
Source #1: Climate-Data.org,[8] Weather2Travel for rainy days and sunshine[11]
Source #2: Voodoo Skies for record temperatures[10]
Bizerte mean sea temperature[11]
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
15 °C (59 °F)15 °C (59 °F)15 °C (59 °F)15 °C (59 °F)17 °C (63 °F)21 °C (70 °F)24 °C (75 °F)25 °C (77 °F)24 °C (75 °F)22 °C (72 °F)19 °C (66 °F)16 °C (61 °F)

Economy[edit]

A4 motorway connecting Bizerte and Tunis

Bizerte's economy is very diverse. There are several military bases and year-round tourism. As a tourist centre the region is however not as popular as the eastern coast of Tunisia. There is manufacturing (textile, auto parts, cookware), fishing, fruits and vegetables, and wheat.

Miscellaneous[edit]

Jebel Aïn Chouna

Titular see[edit]

Hippo Diarrhytus is a titular see of the Roman Catholic Church. In 1989–2002 it was held by Mgr. Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, then by Mgr. Jose Paala Salazar, O.P. in 2002–2004 and by Mrg. Manfred Grothe since October 14, 2004. The city and see of Hippo Diarrhytus should not be confused with those of Hippo Regius where Saint Augustine of Hippo was the bishop.

Notable residents[edit]

International relations[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

Bizerte is twinned with:

Cooperation agreement[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c (French) Mnicipalité de Bizerte.
  2. ^ City Coordinates (Dateandtime.info)
  3. ^ a b c d Dr Mahmoud ABIDI(french) (02-05-2008). "bizerteyahasra". bizerteyahasra.com. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  4. ^ a b Perseus Digital Library.
  5. ^ Hippo Zarytus(in Perseus Digital Library).
  6. ^ Thomas, Hugh (2001). The Spanish Civil War. London: Penguin Books. p. 877. 
  7. ^ "To Bizerte With The Ii Corps". History.army.mil. Retrieved 2012-08-04. 
  8. ^ a b "Climate: Bizerte – Climate graph, Temperature graph, Climate table". Climate-Data.org. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Climate Bizerte – Table". Climate–Data.Eu. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Bizerte, Tuisia". Voodoo Skies. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Bizerte Climate and Weather Averages, Tunisia". Weather2Travel. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  12. ^ Morley Yachts (2009-07-29). "Goga Superyacht Marina". Gogamarina.com. Retrieved 2012-08-04. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°16′N 9°52′E / 37.267°N 9.867°E / 37.267; 9.867