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Moroni (in Arabic موروني Mūrūnī) is the largest city of the Comorosmarker and since 1958 has served as its capital. In Cormorian, Moroni translates as "in the heart of the fire", perhaps alluding to the city's proximity to Mount Karthalamarker. The city's estimated population in 2003 was 60,200 residents.

History

Moroni was founded by Arabic settlers possibly during the 10th century BCE as the capital of a sultanate connected commercially to Zanzibarmarker in Tanzania.

Geography

The city is located on the western coast of Grande Comoremarker (also known as N'gazidja) island. Moroni is served by the Prince Said Ibrahim International Airportmarker (IATA airport code: HAH). There is also a harbour with regular transport to the African mainland and the other islands in the Comoros archipelago, as well as Madagascarmarker and other Indian oceanmarker islands. Moroni is located at .

Commerce

Exports include vanilla, cocoa, and coffee.

Tourism

Moroni has many excellent beaches. The Ancienne Mosquée du Vendredi (Old Friday Mosque) is a popular tourist spot.

Image:Moroni, Comoros.jpg|Moroni beachImage:Moroni_Capital_of_the_Comores_Photo_by_Sascha_Grabow.jpg|City Centre of Moroni, Capital of the Comores, with Central Mosque, Harbor Bay and the surrounding area. Photo by Sascha Grabow.Image:Moroni_Mosque_Photo_by_Sascha_Grabow.jpg|Mosque with typical Comoro male in front of it, in the City Centre of Moroni. Photo by Sascha Grabow.

Climate

References

  1. Lonelyplanet.com
  2. USA Today Travel Guides.
  3. Encyclopedia Britannica
  4. Lonelyplanet.com



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