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The Giant Tower of Cyrenaica
إلى الأستاذ محمد الأصفر

Dear Mohammed;
From your published works on this site of Libya News and Views, I've concluded that you have a clear interest in the history of the Green-Mountain region of Eastern Libya. And accordingly, you're well positioned and well suited to appreciate the importance of the following request.
During the second half of the last century, there was a huge tower on a hill very close to the Libyan Main Highway, about 30 miles west of Derna City. I can't pinpoint its exact location on the map, but I'm quite sure it's near this village
(http://www.fallingrain.com/world/LY/11/Bu_ath_Thamir.html)
at the Global Co-ordinates of 32.7833-North & 22.3000-East.
The tower was an impressive sight and deemed for many years to be the tallest building of its kind in Africa. It was built during the Colonial Era. And even though it was intended for irrigation purposes, its great height and its strategic location and its commanding view over very large area suggest strongly that it was being used for routine surveillance by the Italian Military.
By now, the fore-mentioned tower must be old and in a very bad shape due to erosion and neglect. The question now is this. Is that great tower still standing? If it's still standing, then you should do your best to convince the archeologists and public officials to declare it a historical site and national heritage.
This immense structure is not only very significant historically, but also has a great potential for the tourism industry as well. For it's almost certain that upon proper renovations, this very high and beautiful tower will attract many tourists from inside and outside Libya as well.
Have you heard of the fabled Lighthouse of Alexandria
(http://ce.eng.usf.edu/pharos/wonders/pharos.html)?
Well, that Lighthouse is a dwarf compared to this Giant Tower of Cyrenaica.
You will, certainly, do history as well as your country a great service, if you succeed in saving this historical treasure and raising its well-deserved and inherently very high profile.
I, sincerely, hope that you shall make the effort and succeed.
Have a nice day.

درناوي سابق


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