It has an estimated population of 85,315 (As of 2004).
There are a couple of banks on the main street and the main post office is in the city centre, not far from the Abu Bakr Assiddiq
Abi Zar al Ghifari mosque in Marj.
Damage during the earthquake in 1963.
According to most archeologists, Marj marks the site of the ancient city of Barca, which, however, according to Alexander Graham, was at Tolmeita
Marj grew around a Turkish
fort built in 1842 and now restored. During the colonial dominance of Libya
(1913–41), the town was called Barce and was developed as an administrative and market centre and hill resort.
From 1942–1943, the town was the capital of British-occupied Cyrenaica
Most of it was destroyed by a 5.6 earthquake on 21 February 1963
which killed some 300 people and injured 500 more.
Major rebuilding was undertaken about 5 km (3.1 mi) from the old site, and was completed about 1970.
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