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Tunis Cruises

Capital of Tunisia with 1.3 million inhabitants (2003 estimate). Tunis is situated close to the sea only with Lake Tunis between it and Mediterranean Sea. Lake Tunis serves to some extent as a harbour, but many other port activities are perfomed in some of the satellite cities out on the coast, like Goulette. Tunis is the commercial and economical centre for northern Tunisia, and the administrative for the whole of Tunisia. Of Tunis' export products are carpets, fruit, iron and olives. Tunis is divided into three parts, the old city, called madina; the French, which now is the centre; and the newer and larger regions built in the south and the north of the city. The suburbs, known under their French name, banlieus. are also a part of Tunis, even if these often are separated from the capital with open areas. Larger Tunis has around 1,5 million inhabitants. Tunis has some landmarks, most dominant are the Zitouna mosque and the few leftovers after ancient Cartage (one of the banlieus, on the coast some kilometres out of Tunis).


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