Zaghouan

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Zaghouan

زغوان
Zaghouan Governorate
Zaghouan Governorate
Zaghouan is located in Tunisia
Zaghouan
Zaghouan
Location in Tunisia
Coordinates: 36°24′N 10°09′E / 36.400°N 10.150°E / 36.400; 10.150
CountryFlag of Tunisia.svg Tunisia
GovernorateZaghouan Governorate
Population
 (2014)
 • Total20,837
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)

Zaghwan (or Zaghouan; Arabic: زغوانAbout this soundZaġwān) is a town in the northern half of Tunisia.

Situated on a low ridge of the Dorsale Mountains, the town has a mild climate and presents a green aspect. Cold water from here was taken by aqueduct to Carthage. The town is famous for its roses, originally cultivated by Muslim refugees from Spain in the seventeenth century. The town is located around 100 km due south of Tunis and around 50 km inland (west) from the Gulf of Hammamet and has an estimated population of around 20,837 (2014). It is the capital of the Zaghouan Governorate.

On the mountain south of the city is the Roman Water Temple Djebel Zaghouan (Temple de Eaux), source of an aqueduct which used to take water to the city of Carthage over 100 km away. The ruins here are illustrated in Fisher's Drawing Room Scrap Book, 1840, as 'Temple and Fountain of Zagwhan', the subject of a poem by Letitia Elizabeth Landon.

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