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The shady Avenue Bourguiba and the Clock tower, Tunis

Avenue Bourguiba is the centre of Tunis in every way. People converge here from all over the city to sit in cafés, stroll under the trees, buy a posy made of jasmine buds – above all, just to see and be seen. There's something very Continental about it that's quite at odds with the Medina's cramped narrow streets. The further you go along Avenue Bourguiba from the Medina, the stronger the European influence on the architecture. Both Avenue de Paris and its continuation, Avenue de la Liberté, have some wonderful examples of colonial buildings, although things get more sombre towards the end of Avenue de la Liberté, as you move into a zone of embassies and government buildings.

It’s hard to miss, the metal clock tower in the center of Tunis. Build on the eastern end of Avenue Habib Bourguiba with tt’s 38 meters in length it is placed to commemorate 7 November Independence Day.
The clock tower is build in mashrabiyya style from bronze coloured steel. The fountain in front of the clock tower is illuminated during the night or on special occassions.

Tunis

Tunis (Arabic: تونس‎, Tūnis) is the capital of the Tunisian Republic and also the Tunis Governorate, with a population of 1,200,000 in 2008. It is Tunisia's largest city.
Situated on a large Mediterranean gulf, (the Gulf of Tunis), behind the Lake of Tunis and the port of La Goulette (Halq al Wadi), the city extends along the coastal plain and the hills that surround it. At the centre of more modern development (colonial era and post) lies the old medina. Beyond this section lie the suburbs of Carthage, La Marsa, and Sidi Bou Said.
The medina is found at the centre of the city: a dense agglomeration of alleys and covered passages, full of intense scents and colours, boisterous and active trade, a surfeit of goods on offer ranging from leather to plastic, tin to the finest filigree, tourist souvenirs to the works of tiny crafts-shops. (Source: planetware & tunisguide & wikipedia)

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