Sabha (city)


Sabha (city)

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Sabha (Arabic: سبها) is a city in southwestern Libya with a population of 130,000. It was historically the capital of the Fezzan region and is now capital of the Sabha municipality. [citebook|title=Libya in Pictures|author=Francesca Davis DiPiazza|year=2006|publisher=Twenty-First Century Books|id=ISBN 0822525496]

Overview

Sabha is built on a plane sand area next to a picturesque lake, surrounded by palm trees with dates, which has made the city increasingly popular with international tourists. In addition to traditional camel-riding, hiring and driving jeeps to visit the surrounding areas has lately become increasingly popular.

Libya's third biggest city, and growing fast, Sebha's importance is due to its being the air and road transport hub of the Fezzan,a military base, the centre of a remarkable agricultural industry in the desert.

The city is also famous for its Sabha castle, which is the same old castle featured on the reverse of the ten dinars banknote of Libya. This is the former Fortezza Margherita, built during the Italian colonial period.Currently the Italian-built fort is a military institution.

Transport

A railway 800km long is proposed from Sebha to the port of Misurata for iron ore transport.

References

External links

* [http://www.fallingrain.com/world/LY/34/Sabha.html FallingRain Map - elevation = 443m]


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