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Sfax

built arts museum city

34°45N 10°43E, pop (2000e) 303 000. Seaport and capital of Sfax governorate, E Tunisia, 240 km/150 mi SE of Tunis; chief port and second largest city of Tunisia; built on the site of Roman and Phoenician settlements; occupied by Sicilians (12th-c) and Spaniards (16th-c); also a base for Barbary pirates; modern city built after 1895; airfield; railway; trade in esparto, oil, peanuts and dates; phosphate processing, textiles, fishing; museum of folk arts and traditions, archaeological museum; festival of music and popular arts (Jul).

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