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[Africa Travel] Tunisia: Tunis

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Tunis is the largest city and capital of Tunisia. It is also one of the world’s leading cities in Africa and has a rich international flavor. Tunis is visited by a large number of tourists, including the old town of Medina, which is a World Heritage Site and has an Arabian atmosphere, and the new town, which includes a resort area along the Gulf of Tunis with a European atmosphere. It is a popular place with many historical attractions such as mosques, museums and archaeological sites.

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Location

Tunis is a city located in the northern part of Tunisia.

History

Tunis is an ancient city built by the Phoenicians. The city was destroyed by ancient Rome and placed under Roman rule, but was subsequently ruled by the Islamic dynasty. In modern times, it became a French protectorate and European culture permeated. Tunisia became independent in the 20th century, but Tunis became the capital.

Climate

Tunis is very hot and humid in the summer. Winter is relatively cool. Temperatures range from 4 ° C to 39 ° C throughout the year.

Language

The official language of Tunisia is Arabic. There are also many people who speak French.

Security

Tunis needs to be vigilant as security forces and demonstrators often clash. Please be careful as robbery cases and snatching cases may occur.

Race

Arabs make up 98% of Tunisia. Others are blacks and European immigrants.

industry

Tunis has a world heritage site, so the tourism industry is very strong. With numerous museums and archaeological sites, it is a popular destination for tourists.

religion

Islam is the state religion in Tunisia. Most are Sunnis. Others are Christians.

currency

Tunisian dinar is used.

Sightseeing spot 1 : Medina

The Tunis Medina, which was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Arab culture is pervasive and you will be fascinated by the architecture. There are many shops for tourists, selling leather goods, textiles, spices, perfumes and more.

Sightseeing spot 2 : Bab El Bhar

A gate between the old and new towns of Tunis. There are many shops in the vicinity, and tourists often go there. Furthermore, buildings like Europe are lined up.

Sightseeing spot 3 : The National Bardo Museum

The Bardo National Museum owns many relics of Tunisia’s history, including ancient Rome, Greece and Islam. The museum building itself is also very luxurious.

Sightseeing spot 4 : Zaytuna Mosque

The Zitouna Mosque is a place of worship for Tunis citizens and at the same time one of the leading tourist attractions in Tunis, which is visited by a large number of tourists.

Sightseeing spot 5 : Place de la Kasbah

Casbah Square has been the center of politics since the Middle Ages. Even now, the Tunis City Hall, mosques, Ministry of Economy, Cheong Wa Dae, etc. surround the square and continue to play its role.

Sightseeing spot 6 : Cathedral of St Vincent de Paul

Built between 1893 and 1897, the cathedral was renovated in 1997, including the façade, and has a history of being visited by the Pope the following year.

Sightseeing spot 7 : Sidi Bou Saïd

It is a city on a hill that juts out into the sea. Beautiful houses lead to winding paths, featuring blue doors and white walls in Arab and Andalusian architecture. There are many hotels, souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants.

Sightseeing spot 8 : The Amphitheatre of El Jem

It is a large arena with a capacity of 35,000 and was registered as a World Heritage Site in 1979. It was built to show off power during the Roman Empire.

Sightseeing spot 9 : Carthaginian ruins

The Carthaginian ruins are on the eastern shore of Lake Tunis. Carthage monopolized the Mediterranean trade, three Punic Wars with Rome broke out over its interests, and General Hannibal was also active, but was eventually defeated and destroyed.

Sightseeing spot 10 : Djerba

Djerba is the largest island in North Africa and is a popular beach resort. With over 100 hotels lined up, many tourists from Europe visit during the vacation season.

Hotel

Tunis has plenty of accommodation. Tunis-Carthage International Airport is nearby. Tickets and accommodations can be booked from the link below. It also supports other languages.

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