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Tunis

Tunis
? / Tunes /
City
View of Tunis
Top left: Ibn Khaldoun Statue in Habib Bourguiba Avenue, Top middle: Rades La Goulette Bridge, Top right: Tunisia Planetarium Observatories and Science Centers, 2nd left: Al-Zaytuna Mosque, 2nd middle: Tunis Cartage, 2nd right: View of Habib Bourguiba Avenue, 3rd left: Rades Stadium, 3rd middle: View of Tunis and Belvedere Park, 3rd right: Hôtel de Ville Tunis, Bottom left: Bab El Bhar Gate, Bottom middle: Medina Alleys open-air market place, Bottom right: Tunis Municipal Theater
Flag of Tunis
Flag
Coat of arms of Tunis
Coat of arms
Tunis is located in Tunisia
Tunis
Tunis
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Country  Tunisia
Governorate Tunis
First settled 2nd millennium BC
Founded by Berbers
Government
 • Mayor Seifallah Lasram
Area
 • City 212.63 km2 (82.10 sq mi)
Highest elevation 41 m (135 ft)
Lowest elevation 4 m (13 ft)
Population (01-01-2013)
 • City 1 056 247
 • Density 9,406.01/km2 (24,361.5/sq mi)
 • Metro 2 294 547
Demonym(s) Tunisian
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
Postal code 1xxx, 2xxx
geoTLD .tn
Website Tunis City
Tunis as viewed from space

Tunis (Tunisian Arabic: ??  Tunis) is both the capital and the largest city of Tunisia. The greater metropolitan area of Tunis, often referred to as Grand Tunis, holds some 2,700,000 inhabitants.

Situated on a large Mediterranean Sea gulf (the Gulf of Tunis), behind the Lake of Tunis and the port of La Goulette (Halq al Wadi), the city extends along the coastal plain and the hills that surround it. At its core lies its antic medina, a world heritage site. Beyond this district lie the suburbs of Carthage, La Marsa, and Sidi Bou Said.

Just through the Sea Gate (also known as the Bab el Bahr and the Porte de France) begins the modern city, or Ville Nouvelle, transversed by the grand Avenue Habib Bourguiba (often referred to by popular press and travel guides as "the Tunisian Champs-Élysées"), where the colonial-era buildings provide a clear contrast to smaller, older structures. As the capital city of the country, Tunis is the focus of Tunisian political and administrative life; it is also the centre of the country's commercial activity. The expansion of the Tunisian economy in recent decades is reflected in the booming development of the outer city where one can see clearly the social challenges brought about by rapid modernization in Tunisia.

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