It is locatit in the Wadi Miliane valley, surroondit bi mountains, in particular the Djebel Zaghouan. The Roman site o Thuburbo Majus is locatit 3 km away. Unner the French protectorate, the ceety wis kent as Pont du Fahs, (trans. Bridge-of-Fahs), named efter the remains o a Roman era brig in the vicinity. The toun wis the site o a WWII battle durin the Tunisie Campaign.