Tunisia: The Forgotten Country
The last 40 years, my wife Jean and I, have traveled the world. We never thought of Tunisia as a future destination, not until his Excellency the Ambassador of Tunisia to the United States, Mohammed Nejib Hashana, invited us to visit his country.
let me share with you a slide show of this peaceful Moslem country, it’s
people, their hospitality, archeological treasures, exciting
Mediterranean beach resorts, five star hotels and yes, exceptional food.
Tunisia, formerly the ancient Roman province of Africa, is the land that gave its name to the entire continent. Now a small, peaceful, independent nation, Tunisia enjoys a rich heritage of successive major civilizations.
In antiquity it was the center of the Carthaginian civilization. After the Punic wars, it became the heartland of Roman Africa, with its rich provincial towns, full of building decorated with colorful mosaics.
Early Christianity was strong in this land where ST. Augustine studied, taught and wrote many of his famous "Confessions". Later, as Islam moved west, the city of Kairouan was the center for the spread of the new civilization to all of North Africa and Spain.
During Europe's Dark Ages, the Zitouna Mosque University in Tunis, which was founded before El Azhar in Cairo, became an enlightenedcenter of science and literature. It contributed to preserving the legacy of ancient world.