Capital of Tunisia
Tunis is the sprawling capital of Tunisia, a country in North Africa. It sits along Lake Tunis, just inland from the Mediterranean Sea’s Gulf of Tunis. It’s home to a centuries-old medina and the Bardo, an archaeology museum where celebrated Roman mosaics are displayed in a 15th-century palace complex. The parklike ruins of ancient Carthage sit in the city’s northern suburbs.
In the mazelike medina, Islamic monuments such as the massive 8th-century Al-Zaytuna Mosque, with its towering minaret, mix with traditional hammams and souks selling spices, perfume, leather goods and souvenirs. The newer part of the city, or Ville Nouvelle, features broad boulevards and colonial architecture as well as modern office buildings and hotels. A popular tree-lined promenade runs down the middle of Avenue Habib Bourguiba, the city’s main artery. Also in Ville Nouvelle is the eclectic, 19th-century St. Vincent de Paul cathedral.