Tunis Tunisia
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Tunis, Tunisia

January 16, 2006
Tunis, the capital city of Tunisia, currently has a population of about 1.3 million inhabitants. The capital of Tunisia combines the pleasures of European boulevards with those of one of North Africa's most atmospheric Arab medinas.

Tunis is divided into three parts, the old city, called Madina; the French city, or Ville Nouvelle, built in the colonial era to house the French government, which now is the center; and the newer and larger regions built in the south and the north of the city. Tunis is the commercial and economic center for northern Tunisia, and the administrative center for the whole of Tunisia.

The ruins of Carthage can be seen in the northeast. The famous Festival of Carthage is held there each year. To the top right of both of the image, the subsidiary port of Halq al Wadi (La Goulette),which gives access to the Gulf of Tunis, can be seen. The oval shape is the Sebkhet Sejoumi salt lake. These are now all popular tourist destinations.

The black X shape pattern northwest of Tunis is the city's airport.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Landsat
  • Instrument: Thematic Mapper
  • Acquisition: 02-Jul-2004
  • Center coordinates: lat. 36.81, lon. 10.18

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