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Provincial capital and city
Ville de Lisala
Porters carrying wood, Lisala, Congo, ca.1901 (IMP-YDS-RG101-021-0000-0087).jpg
Porters carrying wood in Lisala, 1901
Lisala is located in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Location in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Coordinates: 2°8′55″N 21°30′49″E / 2.14861°N 21.51361°E / 2.14861; 21.51361Coordinates: 2°8′55″N 21°30′49″E / 2.14861°N 21.51361°E / 2.14861; 21.51361
CountryFlag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg DR Congo
ProvinceMongala Province
CommunesBolikango, Mongala
 • MayorBruce Bika Malambo
 • Total77,548
 • Languages
Lomongo, Lingala, French
Time zoneUTC+1 (West Africa Time)

Lisala is the capital of the Mongala Province in northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Congo River flows through the city. Its Cathédrale Saint-Hermès is the cathedral episcopal see of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lisala. It is the birthplace of president Mobutu Sese Seko, who ruled Congo (which he renamed Zaire) from 1965 to 1997.

The population is made up of several different tribal groups, notably Ngombe with minorities of Mongo, Ngandi, Ngwaka and Budja.

The area is crossed by the N6 road, of the Route Nationale and is bordered to the north by the Mangala river and to the south by the Congo River.


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