Bordj Menaïel

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Bordj Menaïel

برج منايل
City and Common
Nickname(s): 
Burǧ Imnayen
Motto(s): 
"From the people, for the people"
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Location of Bordj Menaïel in the Boumerdès Province
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Bordj Menaïel
Location of Bordj Menaïel in the Algeria
Coordinates: 36°44′30″N3°43′23″E / 36.741667°N 3.723056°E / 36.741667; 3.723056 Coordinates: 36°44′30″N3°43′23″E / 36.741667°N 3.723056°E / 36.741667; 3.723056
Country Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria
Province Boumerdès Province
District Bordj Menaïel District
APC2012-2017
Government
  Type Municipality
Population
 (2008)
  Total64,820 [1]
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
ISO 3166 code CP

Bordj Menaïel (from the Arabic برج - bordj, "tower" and Berber imnayen "cavaliers") is a town in the Boumerdès Province in Algeria. It is located in the western Kabylie region at 36°44′30″N3°43′23″E / 36.74167°N 3.72306°E / 36.74167; 3.72306 and is 30 km away from the city of Boumerdès. As of 2008, the population of the municipality is 64,820. [2]

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History

Bordj Menaïel was founded by the Ottoman government of Algeria, most likely in the 16th century, to guard a route between Algiers and Constantine and to secure control of the Isser plain. [3] In the 18th century, its military role was superseded by the foundation of Bordj Sebaou further west, but it remained the residence of the Ottoman wakil administering the surrounding farmland. [4]

The French conquest reached the fort of Bordj Menaïel in 1844, when General Bugeaud took it. Afterwards, it initially became the residence of the aghas of the Iflissen Umellil. [5] In 1859, a French colony was created there by imperial decree, using 1718 hectares. It was enlarged through land expropriation in 1872 by Admiral de Gueydon, in the wake of the Mokrani Revolt. [6]

Transport

The road RN 12 runs through Bordj Menaïel, linking it with Isser to the west and Naciria to the east. [7]

Sports

Algeria goalkeeper Faouzi Chaouchi was born in Bordj Menaiel. The local football team is JS Bordj Ménaïel.

Notable people

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