While largely ignored by the package tourists who
flock to the seaside resorts of Tunisia, the capital city of Tunis
is a vibrant and fascinating metropolis that provides many
attractions for tourists on holiday in Northern Africa.
Tunisia is a unique blend of Eastern and Western
culture, and nowhere is this more evident than in Tunis. The city
is home to beautiful religious structures of several faiths,
including the famous Zitouna Mosque and the Cathedral of St Vincent
de Paul. Walking tours of the city include these buildings, as well
as several historic city gates, such as the Bab el Bahr and Bab
Saadoun, dating back to the 14th century.
Tunis also has several interesting museums,
including the Bardo Museum, which has extensive collections of
artefacts ranging from the prehistoric era to the Ottoman Period.
The Early Christian Museum also has fascinating exhibits.
Tunis's souks and markets are wonderful places to
pick up lovely souvenirs and simply wander through. However, the
crowds and noise can be overwhelming. Tourists can take refuge in
Belvedere Park, a large, leafy area set on Lake Tunis with museums,
cafes, and a zoo.
The largest mosque in Tunisia, the Zitouna Mosque dates back to the 8th century; the 160 columns of the mosque were brought from the ruins of Carthage. Set in the heart of Tunis, the mosque was improved upon almost continually until the... see full details
Tunis' largest parks, Belvedere Park covers 270 acres (110 ha) just north of the city. Known as the 'Lungs of Tunis' due to the scarcity of green spaces in the city, Belvedere Park has a number of family-friendly attractions to enjoy on... see full details
Carthage was the base of a powerful trading empire during the Phoenician and Punic periods, ruled by the infamous conqueror Hannibal. Destroyed by the Romans in the 2nd century BC, the site was redeveloped a century later and became a Roman capital. Located... see full details
Approximately 50 miles (80km) east of Tunis lies Kerkouane, a former city of the Phoenician and Punic periods. The city was abandoned around the 3rd century BC, which meant it was largely ignored by the conquering Romans and is today the only remaining... see full details
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