The best way to get acquainted with culture of Tunisia is to make excursions to its largest cities. In every of them travelers will find various surprises and entertainment. The city of Carthage is well-known as historic centre of the country. Founded in the beginning of the 9th century, Carthage was destroyed and then restored several times. The city reached its peak level of prosperity during the reign of the Roman Empire, so there's no wonder why the most famous landmarks in the city belong to the Roman period - the Amphitheater, the Capitol, the Baths of Antoninus and many ancient temples - these landmarks are considered the most famous architectural sites of Tunisia. There is also the Lavigerie Museum in Carthage, where visitors will see a grandiose collection of various precious items.
The capital of the country, Tunis, is also home to magnificent architectural places of interest that belong to the 16th - 18th centuries: the Grand Mosque, Dar Ben Abdallah and Dar el Bey palaces, and the Mausoleum of Aziza Othmana. The city is famous for its spacious bazaars, where guests can not only buy interesting items and souvenirs, but also see performances of local musicians and dancers. When describing cultural places of attraction in the city, we cannot fail to mention Bardo Museum that exhibits a rare collection of Roman mosaics. Don't forget to visit the city of Dougga - this ancient city has become a major tourist attraction thanks to numerous buildings of the Roman Empire period. Theatre remains the most spectacular landmark of the area. According to calculations of archaeologists, the theatre could sit as many as three thousand viewers. The Mausoleum of Atban and Capitol are located not far away. These buildings were constructed in the 2nd - 3rd centuries.
Utica was the first city colonized by the Phoenicians. This happened around the 9th century BC. Nowadays, thousands of travellers arrive to Utica see the ruins of colonial buildings and ancient Phoenician cemeteries. Hammamet is another popular destination rich in entertainment and cultural landmarks. Guests of the city are welcome to attend The International Cultural Center, several theatres and museums. During a walk on beautiful streets of the city you will see many beautiful mosques on your way, with the Grand Mosque being the oldest one. It was constructed yet in the 13th century. Fans of nature landmarks and eco-friendly rest are recommended to visit the city of Tozeur that is famous for its magnificent parks and interesting museums. The names of local museums sound really original - the Museum of 1001 Nights, the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions (Musée Dar Cheraït) - and their exhibitions are no less interesting.
Travelers with kids are recommended to visit the local zoo where they will see exotic birds and animals. Those tourists, who prefer active rest, will find much fun in Tabarka as this city is famous for its large sports centers.
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