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Kasserine is located in Tunisia
Location in Tunisia
Country Tunisia
Governorate Kasserine Governorate
 • Governor Atef Boughatas
 • Mayor Maher Bouazzi
Population (2004)
 • Total 76,243
 • Ethnicities Arab
 • Religions Islam
Time zone CET (UTC1)
Postal code 1253[1]

Kasserine (Arabic: القصرين Al Qaṣrain‎) is the capital city of the Kasserine Governorate, in west-central Tunisia. It is situated below Jebel ech Chambi, Tunisia's highest mountain.[2] Its population is 76,243 (2004).[3]


In classical antiquity it was a Roman colony known as Cillium. Under Vespasian (69-79) or Titus (79-81) it was elevated to the rank of municipium, and under the Severan dynasty to that of colonia. Archaeological evidence remains on site: mausoleums, triumphal arches, thermae, a theatre, and a Christian basilica.[4]

In 411, Cillium was represented at the Conference of Carthage between Catholic and Donatist bishops by the Catholic Tertiolus and the Donatist Donatus. In 484, Fortunatianus of Cillium was one of the Catholic bishops whom the Arian Vandal king Huneric summoned to Carthage and then exiled.[5][6][7]

No longer a residential bishopric, Cillium is today listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see.[8]


Kasserine is located in western central Tunisia. By road it is 200 kilometres west of Sfax, 246 kilometres (180 mi) south-west of Tunis, 166 kilometres (141 mi) south-west of Sousse. Kasserine is divided into severals districts:

  • El Arich
  • Ennour District
  • Essalem District
  • Ezzouhour District
  • El Bassatine District
  • El Fath District
  • El Karma District
  • El Khadhra District
  • El Manar District
  • Olympic District
  • Zouhour District


Haggui in action for Bayer Leverkusen in 2007.

Kasserine's most popular sport club is the AS Kasserine.

Notable people

  • Karim Haggui (born in January 20, 1984) is a football defender. He currently plays for Hannover 96.[11]


  1. ^ Postal code of Kasserine, GeoPostcodes
  2. ^ "Jebel Chambi" on Retrieved 1 October 2011
  3. ^ (French) Recensement of 2004 (National Institute of Statistics)
  4. ^ Associazione Storico-Culturale S. Agostino: "Cillium"
  5. ^ Stefano Antonio Morcelli, Africa christiana, Volume I, Brescia 1816, pp. 139–140
  6. ^ Pius Bonifacius Gams, Series episcoporum Ecclesiae Catholicae, Leipzig 1931, p. 465
  7. ^ J. Ferron, v. Cillium, in Dictionnaire d'Histoire et de Géographie ecclésiastiques, vol. XII, Parigi 1953, coll. 831-832
  8. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 869
  9. ^ Faouzia Aloui Profile in africultures
  10. ^ (Arabic) Faouzia Aloui at Diwanalarab
  11. ^ Karim Haggui at

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