Tamanrasset or Tamanghasset (Arabic: ولاية تمنراست Wilāya Tamanrāssat, Berber languages: is the largest province (wilaya) in Algeria. It was named after its province seat, Tamanrasset. The province has two national parks, more than any other in Algeria. They are Tassili n'Ajjer National Park and Ahaggar National Park. The province is the largest in Algeria as it is 336854 km² large, comparable to New Mexico or Finland or Malaysia.
|Province of Tamanrasset|
Map of Algeria highlighting Tamanrasset
|• Governor||Shater Abdel Karim|
|• Total||336,854 km2 (130,060 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,400 m (4,600 ft)|
|Highest elevation||3,303 m (10,837 ft)|
|• Total||115,043 (within current boundaries)|
|Time zone||UTC+01 (CET)|
|Area Code||+213 (0) 29|
|ISO 3166 code||DZ-11|
It is located in the deep southern region of Algeria and is 2000 km south of Algiers (capital of Algeria). On the north it is bordered by Ghardaïa Province, on the north-east by Ouargla Province, on the east by Illizi Province and on the west by Adrar Province, the second largest province by area. Tamanrasset also has international borders with Mali and Niger. The province is the largest Algerian province with area of 556,200 km2 (214,800 sq mi) although it is located in the heart of the desert. The Province of Tamanrasset has a moderate climate because of its mountainous terrain. The province has an elevation of 1,400 meters. The highest point of Tamanrasset Province is Mount Tahat, which is also the highest point of Algeria with 3,303 meters. The most well known tourist destination is the Tomb of Tinhan.
The province was created from Oasis department in 1974.
- Office National des Statistiques, Recensement General de la Population et de l’Habitat 2008 Archived 2008-07-24 at the Wayback Machine Preliminary results of the 2008 population census. Accessed on 2008-07-02.
- "The official journal of People's Democratic Republic of Algeria" (PDF). SGG Algeria. Retrieved 2007-11-06.
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