"Tunis - Medina" Tunisia Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

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The medina, or old quarter, of Tunis was built during the 7th century by invading Arabs. From the 12th to the 16th centuries, Tunis was considered to be one of the greatest and wealthiest cities of the Islamic world and its Medina is testimony to its former grandeur. Before the French arrived in 1881, the entire population of Tunis lived within its walls. The French then opened up the area around the Medina by reclaiming land from Lake Tunis and built Ville Nouvelle which then deprived the Medina of its main role. Today, less than 15,00 people live here and the main trade is souvenirs which you can walk past from the Medina's eastern entrance by Bab el Bhar. The Medina encloses several major tourist attractions such as the Zaytouna Mosque and other old mosques as well as several old palaces which are now museums and souqs. Take care within the Medina by the souvenir shops as they can be quite intimidating and get out into the less busy alleyways and witness the daily life that goes on.

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  • Written Aug 30, 2008
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