Tunisis (TUNIS) – The capital and largest city of Tunisia, located in the north of the country, on the coast of the Tunisian Bay of the Mediterranean Sea. Population – 728 453 people (2004).
Tunisia is a fairly modern African city, which, thanks to the classic French architecture and spacious boulevards, are often called modern Paris.
Central Street Tunisia, as in many other Tunisian cities, is called Avenue Habib Burgiba (Avenue Habib Bourguiba) in honor of the first president of the country. She comes from the gate of Bab El Bhahar in Medina to a small Lake El Bakhir.
Medina Tunisia enters the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979. The medina is about 700 monuments, including palaces, mosques, mausoleums, madrasas and fountains starting from the period of Almohadov (12-13th century).
Medina — Old part of the city, built during the Arabic Master. As a rule, Medina is surrounded by a wall. Usually inside it is quite narrow streets that make up real maze.
Medina (Medina) – It is an old town, surrounded by walls, with narrow streets, mosques, markets and shops. At the top of the medina, next to Kasboy, there is a government area (Place du Gouvernement), around which buildings of state power are located.
The most exotic medina bitch El Attarine (SOUK El Attarine) is a perfumery of the XIII century. Here and today they sell various incense.
The center of Medina occupies an extensive indoor bazaar to which the Great Mosque is adjacent (Az Zeytun Mosque).
Az Zateun Mosque (Al-Zaytuna Mosque) – The biggest and most oldest mosque (VIII century) in the capital and the second in Tunisia after Kairuan. This is a spiritual center of Medina. Mosque surround numerous madrasas. Here in the XIV century, the famous Tunisian enlightener Ibn Caldong.
Dar Ben Abdallah (Dar Ben Abdallah) – City Museum of Art and Folk Tradition, is located in the Palace of the XVIII century. Its exposition halls are located around the courtyard. With the help of wax figures, household paintings of the luxurious life of the former inhabitants of the Palace are recreated.
Cathedral of Saint Vincent de Paul (Cathedrale Saint-Vincent-De-Paul) – built in the period from 1893-1897, located near the entrance to Medina. In the architecture of the cathedral, Gothic, Byzantine and Moorish tendencies were mixed, to evaluate which everyone may (open daily).
Also during staying in the capital is worth visiting the picturesque town of Sidi Bu-Said (Sidi Bou Said) and the ruins of ancient Carthage (Carthage).
Buses and trams – Main City Public Transport. In French, the city tram network is called «MéTro», Although it is not the metro. These types of transport are more suitable for trips to sleeping areas and are not too convenient for sightseeing.
Taxi – the most convenient and inexpensive type of transport. Tunisian taxis are yellow cars with signs on the roof, green light on the windshield means that the car is busy, and red – free. Taxi tariffs are fixed: 400 million landing plus 30 millime – every 100 m. From 21:00 to 5:00 the cost increases by 50%.
To get to the suburbs of Tunisia – Carthage, Sidi Boo Said and La Marsa, best use suburban electricity TGM. His final station, Tunis Marine, is located on the eastern tip of Avenue Habib Burbibiba (not far from the clock tower). Trains are sent every 10 minutes, travel time to Carthage – about 25 minutes, to Sidi-bu sida – half an hour, and to the final La Mars – 40 minutes.
The city serves International Airport Tunis Caphagen TUNIS-CARTHAGE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT). From Moscow, TUNISAIR airlines fly here (time on about 4 hours).
Despite the availability of the airport, most direct flights from Russia come to the airport of Monastir, located closer to the main resorts.
Also at Tunis Carthage Airport can be rented in one of the airports in Europe or the Middle East: