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History of Benghazi
446BC ? City founded by the brother of the King of Cyrene, who named the city Berenice
6th century BC ? City populated by the Greeks and renamed Euseperides
249 ? Egyptians take over the reign of the city and rename it Barneek
5th century AD ? The invading Vandals cause great destructions
642 ? Invasion by the Muslim Arabs
15th century ? The city is renamed after a man called Seedi Ghazi, who contributed greatly to the prosperity of the city
1578 ? Invasion by the Turks
1711 ? Fell under the rule of Karamanlis and comes under the control of Tripoli
1835 ? Under Ottoman reign and becomes one of the poorest regions in the empire
1858 ? The bubonic plague sweeps the region and many people die
1878 ? The return of the bubonic plague kills many more inhabitants
1911 ? The Italians invaded Benghazi, making their headquarters here and rendering the region a colony
1940 ? 1942 - Benghazi receives more than 1000 bombings and is largely destroyed
1942 ? The Italians were defeated by the Allies and came under British rule after changing hands five times
1949 ? King Mohammed Idris As-Sanousi made Benghazi the capital of Barka (Cyrinaica)
1951 ? Libya gains its independence and Beghazi becomes the second city
1986 ? Benghazi is bombed by the USA
1995 - Libyan authorities clash down on Islamists, leading to the arrest of thousands of both Libyans and foreigners, especially Sudanese.

Benghazi is now an attractive, modern city with a population of around 1 million people. It is primarily an administrative and commercial centre and many beaches dot the coastline. In the city centre is the monument to Omar al-Mukhtar, the great Libyan resistance leader who fought against the Italian occupation.

There is an old city with a covered souq, which is especially busy on Fridays. The main covered market, the Souq al-Jreed on Sharia Omar al-Mukhtar, sells all manner of clothes and household goods, while not far off the street becomes a pedestrian precinct or small shops and cafes.

The airport is 32 km to the east of the city.

  • Last visit to Benghazi: Feb 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2009 at 4:43 AM

    We're heading bacl to Libya in a coupe of weeks, passing through Benghazi as we explore the Jebel Akhdar. Hope we get the good hotel! leyle

  • marenloo's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2006 at 12:31 AM

    Did a Benghazien woman complain to you from her husband? You should understand the Islamic tradition before you write. I agree with the bad situations you have mentioned. However , I don't know where my wife hide my and her passports.

  • VideoDave's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2005 at 5:26 AM

    Not much going on in Benghazi is there?

  • omran's Profile Photo
    Aug 2, 2005 at 8:53 AM

    very good tips and pic`s , thanx for sharing ....by the way when you r going to be here agian ???

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2005 at 12:20 PM

    Nice to see your Benghazi page, Grete ! I hope we will have a better temperature next March !

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2005 at 11:33 AM

    Sad the town hall has been left to ruin, a lovely building in its day. Even I get toothache with the sweetness of Middle Eastern cakes! q(~_~)p

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2005 at 6:10 PM

    The food sounds great and the hotel much improved over the first one you stayed in.


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