Tanta


Tanta

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Egyptian Location | Location=Tanta | Left=104 | Top=31
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Tanta (Arabic: طنطا ) is an Egyptian town, with an estimated 429,000 inhabitants (2008). [cite web
url=http://www.world-gazetteer.com/wg.php?x=&men=gpro&lng=en&des=gamelan&geo=-69&srt=npan&col=abcdefghinoq&msz=1500&pt=c&va=&geo=434865100
title=Statistical information on Tanta, Egypt|accessdate=2008-04-06|author=World Gazetteer|language=English
] Tanta is located 94 km (59 miles) north of Cairo and 130 km (81 miles) southeast of Alexandria. It is a cotton-ginning center and the main railroad hub of the Nile Delta. Tanta is known for its sweets, eaten during the "mulid" (Arabic: المولد ) festivals. Biggest and most common streets in Tanta are Al- Bahr(algeish) street, Al-Galaa Street, Al-Nahaas Street and Saeed Street.

History

Three annual festivals are held in Tanta in honor of Ahmad al-Badawi, a revered Sufi figure of the 13th century, who founded the EL-Ahmadiah tariqah and is buried in the main mosque of the city (see Egyptian festivals).

ee also

* Nile Delta - Information on the region.
* University of Tanta

Notes

References

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* Detailed map of Egyptian towns and temples: http://unimaps.com/egypt/index.html


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