Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 25 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|Before returning to the airport you have time to visit the city of Kairouan. What is the main tourist attraction here?||A Tour of Tunisia
Great Mosque. Kairouan is the fourth most important city in the Islamic world after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem.
|Another important Roman town is situated in northern Tunisia. The well-preserved ruins here include the Roman Theatre, Temple of Saturn, Plaza of the Winds, house of Trifolium and the latrines. Which town is this?||A Tour of Tunisia
Dougga. Dougga was founded on the site of the ancient settlement known as Thugga. Several of the mosaics displayed in the Bardo Museum in Tunis were discovered in Dougga.
|You leave the desert and head back towards Monastir. On the way, you stop at El Jem, home to a major historical site. What type of Roman building is found here?||A Tour of Tunisia
Amphitheatre. El Jem is smaller than the Colosseum in Rome, but is in better condition. The amphitheatre was built between AD 230 and 238 and could hold 30,000 people.
|You spend a few hours at the large oasis to the north of Chott el Jerid. This area has been inhabited since before 8000 BC and was formerly a trading post. The Dar Cherait Museum and the Mosque el Farkous are also found here. What is the name of this oasis town?||A Tour of Tunisia
Tozeur. The oasis at Tozeur features thousands of date palms and hundreds of springs.
|To the north-west of Douz is Chott el Jerid, another landmark very popular with sightseers. What is Chott el Jerid?||A Tour of Tunisia
A salt lake. Chott el Jerid is the biggest of Tunisia's salt lakes. In the summer, the water evaporates to leave a layer of salt crystals which shine green, pink and orange in the sun due to the different chemicals in the salts.
|During a trip to the Sahara Desert you arrive at a village known for its underground troglodyte houses. The opening sequence of "Star Wars" was filmed here. Where are you?||A Tour of Tunisia
Matmata. Travelling west from Matmata you will come to the town of Douz, known as the 'gateway to the Sahara'. This is where most desert tours incorporate a camel trek across the sand dunes.
|Whilst in Sfax you decide to spend some of your money on souvenirs. What is the currency used in Tunisia?||A Tour of Tunisia
Tunisian Dinar. At almost every souvenir shop or market stall in Tunisia you can buy stuffed camels, masks, pottery, toy drums and onyx ornaments.
|From the city of Sfax you can take a ferry to which group of seven islands? ||A Tour of Tunisia
Iles Kerkennah. The Iles Kerkennah were once a place of exile for both the Carthaginian general Hannibal, and the former Tunisian president Habib Bourguiba.
|On Friday morning you travel by taxi to the famous Camel Market which takes place in a town just north of Hammamet. What is the name of this town, which used to be known as 'Tunisia's pottery town'?||A Tour of Tunisia
Nabeul. Nabeul's pottery industry dates back more than 2000 years, with many of the colours and designs used today being the same as those used in Roman times.
|Next you pay a visit to Sebastian's Villa, built by the millionaire George Sebastian in the 1920s. Now known as the International Cultural Centre, guests have included Winston Churchill and Anthony Eden. In which popular coastal town is the villa located?||A Tour of Tunisia
Hammamet. Hammamet is Tunisia's largest tourist resort and has been attracting holidaymakers from all over Europe since the 1960s.
|Continuing along the coast, you come to the pretty hilltop village of Sidi Bou Said. A law was passed here stating that only two colours could be used to decorate the exterior of the buildings. Which colours are these?||A Tour of Tunisia
Blue and white. White is used to reflect the heat of the sun, whilst doors and windows are painted blue in the belief that the colour blue wards off mosquitoes and other insects.
| Just outside Tunis you will find one of Tunisia's best-known archaeological sites, a city which was once Rome's greatest adversary until finally defeated by Scipio Africanus. What is the name of this city?||A Tour of Tunisia
Carthage. Unfortunately, most of Carthage has been destroyed, but there are still plenty of historical sights to see, including the famous Punic Ports. In the garden of Tophet, memorial stones remember the more than 20,000 children who were sacrificed by the Carthaginians in the 8th century BC.
Carthage's best-preserved site open to tourists is Thermes d'Antonin, the ancient Roman baths.
|You decide to begin your tour of Tunisia with a visit to Tunis, the capital city. The Bardo Museum in Tunis houses archaeological treasures from all over the country, but is most famous for its huge collection of which type of art form?||A Tour of Tunisia
Mosaics. Entire walls and floors in the Bardo Museum are covered with Roman mosaics. The most significant of these is a mosaic depicting the poet Virgil, and another showing Ulysses.
|Many of the sites in Tunisia, including a mausoleum in Monastir and the major thoroughfare in Tunis, are named after the country's first president. What was his name? ||A Tour of Tunisia
Habib Bourguiba. After gaining independence from France in 1956, Tunisia became a republic with Habib Bourguiba as its first president. He remained in office for 31 years before being replaced by Ben Ali.
|Welcome to Tunisia! Your plane has just landed at Monastir international airport. In which suburb of Monastir is the airport?||A Tour of Tunisia
Skanes. Port el Kantaoui is a purpose-built tourist resort centred around a picturesque marina.
Sbeitla is one of Tunisia's many Roman sites, dating back to the 1st century AD
Mahdia is a town located several miles south of Monastir.
Kairouan. With its floors covered with hand made carpets, The Mosque of Uqba is one of the oldest and most important places of worship in the Islamic religion. The mosque has beautiful marble columns and walls, and is decorated with beautiful Islamic art. With multiple schools and mosques, and founded around 670 A.D., the city of Kairouan has long been one of the most important centers of learning and religion for the Islamic culture in North Africa. It is a wonderful destination in which to immerse yourself in Tunisian culture.
The Mediterranean Sea. Sousse is located on the Mediterranean Sea and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. It has beautiful beaches that are usable all year around due to the wonderful climate. Not far from the beaches are fruit orchards which spread their fragrance all around the city. There are also many places of historical interest including a rabat castle, beautiful mosaic-encrusted Roman villas and ancient Carthaginian catacombs.
Tunis. The Bardo is a lovely museum, found in the suburbs of the capital city of Tunis. Its beautiful architecture reflects its origin as a 13th century Hafsid palace. It has a wonderful collection of cultural artifacts from many of the Mediterranean cultures of the past. It has a large collection of Roman mosaics, Greek busts, and ancient jewelry from many different cultures.