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It is located in the Nile Delta, near one of the smaller canals coming from the Nile river. It rests on a mound rising 3-10 metres above the usual terrain; quite unusual for this region.
Tanis' economy was based on trade, where it served as a staging post for seaborne trade with Asia.
It was a large and rich city, today attested by the vast mounds south of the partially excavated area. It housed one of the largest temples ever built in Egypt, dedicated to Amon, together with a number of other temples. Much of the building materials were taken from Piramesse and other nearby sites in the Delta area.
It has been suggested that Tanis was not the administrative centre of Egypt during the 21st Dynasty, that it only was a cultic centre, and that the kings of this dynasty had their residence in Memphis.
The modern-day town here is called San el-Hagar, with about 12,000 inhabitants.
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