Monastir (Arabic المنستير, DMG al-Munastīr of altgriech .: μοναστήριον monastérion;. Cf. Monastery / Munster) is a coastal town in Tunisia with 71,546 inhabitants (census 2004) and capital of the province of the same name. It is located in the south of the Gulf of Hammamet, 20 km east of Sousse and 162 km south of Tunis.