Zaltan or Zelten (Arabic: زلطن‎) is a city in the district of Nuqat al Khams of northwestern Libya. The city, which has a population of around 17,700 (2009),[1] is on the Mediterranean coast. It is located around 140 kilometres (87 mi) west of Tripoli.

Zaltan

زلطن

Zelten
Town
Zaltan is located in Libya
Zaltan
Zaltan
Location in Libya
Coordinates: 32°57′00″N 11°51′57″E / 32.95000°N 11.86583°E / 32.95000; 11.86583Coordinates: 32°57′00″N 11°51′57″E / 32.95000°N 11.86583°E / 32.95000; 11.86583
Country Libya
DistrictNuqat al Khams
Elevation
4 m (13 ft)
Population
 (2009)[1]
 • Total17,700
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)

HistoryEdit

The town has been in existence since, at least, Roman times. Archaeological excavations have uncovered, not only parts of the old town, but also Roman olive presses.

EconomyEdit

The surrounding area is primarily dryland farming with barley, wheat, olives, dates, citrus fruits, figs, and grapes raised for export. There is a secondary trade in livestock, primarily sheep, goats and camels, brought in from outlying communities. Salt has been collected in pans since Roman times. Zaltan's closeness to the Tunisian border has made Zaltan a regional center for trade. Olive oil and palm oil are produced locally.

CultureEdit

There is a small museum in Zaltan displaying some of the local archaeological finds, and there is an annual poetry festival.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b [1], World Gazetteer

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit