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Nabeul is located in Tunisia
Location in Tunisia
Coordinates: 36°27′15″N 10°44′5″E / 36.45417°N 10.73472°E / 36.45417; 10.73472Coordinates: 36°27′15″N 10°44′5″E / 36.45417°N 10.73472°E / 36.45417; 10.73472
Country Flag of Tunisia.svg Tunisia
Governorate Nabeul Governorate
Population (2014)
 • Total 73,128
Time zone CET (UTC1)

Nabeul (Arabic: نابل‎‎ About this sound Nābil ; French: [naˈbøl]) is a coastal town in north-eastern Tunisia, on the south coast near to the Cap Bon peninsula. It is located at around 36°27′N 10°44′E / 36.450°N 10.733°E / 36.450; 10.733 and is the capital of the Nabeul Governorate. The city has a population of 73,128 (2014 census).


Nabeul was founded in the 5th century BC by the Greeks of Cyrene, serving as a trade port. Its name is a tunisification of the Greek Neapolis 'new city' (an etymology it shares with Naples, Neapoli, and Nablus).

Neapolis, Cape Bon as shown on the 4th century Roman Map, Tabula Peutingeriana.

During antiquity Nabeul was also the seat of an ancient Christian Bishopric[1] The Bishopric was founded during the Roman Empire and survived through the arian Vandal and Orthodox Byzantine empires, only ceasing to function with the Muslim conquest of the Maghreb. The diocese was re founded in name at least in the 20th century as a titular see of the Roman Catholic church.[2]

Being on the Mediterranean coast it remains today a popular tourist destination and the main centre of the Tunisian pottery industry.


Meherzia Labidi Maïza was elected to the assembly of the representatives of the people in the Tunisian parliamentary election in October 2014 by the second district of Nabeul.[3]

Twin towns[edit]


  1. ^ Francois Decret, Early Christianity in North Africa (Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2009) p83.
  2. ^ Titular Episcopal See of Neapolis in Proconsulari at
  3. ^ (in Arabic) « Déclaration sur l'honneur de la situation patrimoniale de la vice-présidente de l'ANC Meherzia Labidi », Marsad, 11 June 2013, Retrieved 8 December 2015
  4. ^ "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Retrieved 21 November 2015.