AskBiography Logo   Latest News  Follow Us on Twitter  Follow Us on Google Buzz  Became Fan - Facebook  Subscribe to RSSRSS   Bookmark and Share


Full nameBéchar
Official nameCommune of Béchar
Native nameبلدية بشار
Native name langar
ProvinceBéchar (seat)
DistrictBéchar (coextensive)
PMA Seats23
Total Area1949.3 sq mi (5050 km2)
Elevation2450.8 ft (747 m)
Total Population134954 (1998)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneCET (UTC+01)
Postal code08000
ONS code0801

     Home | City | Bechar

Béchar ( ), formerly known as Colomb-Béchar, is a capital city of Béchar Province, Algeria. The area is controlled by Algeria, though claims have also been made on it by Morocco. In 1998 the city had a population of 134,954.

Before coal was found here in 1907, Bechar was a small populated town. It thrived on the activity of the coal mines until petroleum production seized the market.

The city is noted for its leatherwork and jewellery. Dates, vegetables, figs, cereals and almonds are produced near Béchar. Bituminous coal reserves in the region are not exploited to their greatest potential because of high transportation costs. The city was once the site of a French Foreign Legion post.

Near Béchar, there is Kenadsa longwave transmitter, whose masts are the tallest structures in Algeria.

Warning: simplexml_load_file( [function.simplexml-load-file]: failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! HTTP/1.0 410 Gone in /home/askbio/public_html/index_bio.php on line 257

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: I/O warning : failed to load external entity "" in /home/askbio/public_html/index_bio.php on line 257

Fatal error: Call to a member function children() on a non-object in /home/askbio/public_html/index_bio.php on line 260