What to see in Tunis
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 that 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 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' souks and markets are wonderful places to pick up lovely Tunisian 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.
Tunis' largest park, Belvedere Park covers 270 acres (110 ha) just north of the city. Known as the 'Lungs of Tunis' due…
The largest mosque in Tunisia, the Zitouna Mosque dates back to the 8th century; the 160 columns of the mosque were brought…
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