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City in Tunisia with 70,000 inhabitants (2005 estimate), situated on the Bay of Hammamet, on the southern side of Cap Bon. It is the capital of Nabeul governorate with 670,000 inhabitants (2005 estimate) and an area of 2,788 km².
The economic base of Nabeul is pottery and ceramics, tourism, stone cutting, quarrying and the production of perfume. The agriculture is also of much importance, specializing in citrus fruits, flowers and wine. Nabeul also has substantial beach tourism.
Nabeul centre lies 2 km from the coast, but modern developments have constructed a semi-industrial area between the coast and the town centre.
Nabeul has good connections with other urban centres of Tunisia, linked with both road and the railways (end station).
5th century BCE: Nabeul is founded by the Greeks of Cyrene, serving as a trade port.
3rd century: Conquered by Agathocles.
146: The settlement is destroyed by the Romans.
2nd century: Rebuilt by the Romans and called Neapolis.
3rd century: Becomes the seat of a bishop.
7th century: Neapolis becomes almost abandoned with the invasion of the Arab Muslims into Tunisia.
16th century: Andalucians settle in Nabeul, bringing with them the art of pottery.