Tlemcen

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Tlemcen (/tlɛmˈsɛn/;[1] Arabic: تلمسان, romanized: Tilimsān) is the second-largest city in northwestern Algeria after Oran and is the capital of Tlemcen Province. The city has developed leather, carpet, and textile industries, which it exports through the port of Rachgoun. It had a population of 140,158 during the 2008 census.[2]

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Tlemcen
تلمسان
Clockwise from top:
Mansourah Mosque, another mosque, Mechouar Palace, Renaissance Hotel, Centre d'études andalouses
Location of Tlemcen in the Tlemcen Province
Tlemcen
Location within Algeria
Coordinates: 34°52′58″N 01°19′00″W
Country Algeria
ProvinceTlemcen
DistrictTlemcen District
Area
  Total40.11 km2 (15.49 sq mi)
Elevation
842 m (2,762 ft)
Population
 (2008 census)
  Total140,158
  Density3,500/km2 (9,100/sq mi)
Postal code
13000
ClimateCsa
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Former capital of the central Maghreb, the city is a mix of Berber, Arab, Hispano-Moorish, Ottoman, and Western influences. From this mosaic of influences, the city derives the title of capital of Andalusian art in Algeria. According to the author Dominique Mataillet, various titles are attributed to the city including "the pearl of the Maghreb[3]", "the African Granada" and "the Medina of the West".[4]