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Commune of Abalessa
بلدية أباليسة
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Map of Tamanrasset Province highlighting Abalessa Municipality
ONS code 1102
Postal code 11120
Province Tamanrasset
District Abalessa (coextensive)
PMA Seats 7
Area 74 563 km² (28 789 sq mi)
Altitude 909 m (2985 ft)
Population 6 484 (1998)
Density 0,09/km² (0,22/sq mi)
Time Zone Central European Time (UTC+1)

Abalessa is a municipality in Tamanrasset Province, in southern Algeria, coextensive with the district of the same name. It has 6500 inhabitants (1998). Abalessa is located 80 km west of the capital of the wilaya. The postcode of the town is 11,120.

Former capital of the Hoggar. This town is famous for the Tomb of Tin Hinan, mythical ancestor of the Tuareg and queen. The woman arrived in the region of Ahaggar and lived around the fourth or fifth century AD. On 18 October 1927 Byron Khun de Prorok, discovered near Abalessa a vault. It contained a skeleton belonging to a woman, and her furniture. In his book 'Mysterious Sahara The Land of Gold, of Sand, and of Ruin' he attributed the skeleton to Tin Hinan.

Today, the Tin Hinan skeleton is on display at the Bardo Museum in Algiers, while the monument where it was discovered continues to be a very popular tourist attraction for tourists visiting Tamanrasset.

Coordinates: 22°53′N 4°51′E / 22.883°N 4.85°E / 22.883; 4.85


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