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Location - North Africa; Capital - Tunis; Population - 10 million; Currency - Tunisia Dinar MORE TUNISIA

I headed further south to visit the ksour (fortified storehouses) near Tataouine - March 2008

 

tunnoteThe Tunisian Dinar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tun188Ksar Ouled Soltane is an ancient granary store south east of Tataouine in southern Tunisia

 

 

tun194Ksour (the plural of ksar or qasr) were used to store the valuable grains and foodstuffs in a town, protecting them from plunder - Ksar Ouled Soltane

 

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tun195Ksar Ouled Soltane probably dates back to the 15th century

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tun198Ksar Ouled Soltane was used as a set in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tun200The 4 storeys of Ksar Ouled Soltane

 

 

tun203The storage rooms that constitute a ksar are called ghorfas - Ksar Ouled Soltane

 

 

tun205Steps lead to the ghorfas. Note the olive oil storage jar - Ksar Ouled Soltane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tun206Ghorfas of Ksar Ouled Soltane

For more ksour, see my Libya pages

 

 

tun212In the south of Tataouine itself is 15th century Ksar Megabla, in a greater state of decay than Ksar Ouled Soltane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tun211Ksar Megabla, Tataouine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tun216I was hoping to stay the night at a converted ksar, 17th century Ksar Metameur, just outside Medenine but unfortunately it was closed for maintenance

 

 

tun215Some of the ghorfas have been converted to basic sleeping accommodation - Ksar Metameur

 

 

tun218The 9th century medina walls of Sfax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tun220One of the souqs inside Sfax's ancient medina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tun226Boulevard Republique in the new town leads to the medina - Sfax

 

 

tun234The colosseum at El-Jem, the 3rd largest in the Roman empire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tun227The colosseum was built in the 3rd century AD - El-Jem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tun228Colosseum, El-Jem

 

 

tun229El-Jem colosseum

 

 

tun245Colosseum archways - El-Jem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tun253Walking to the amphitheatre at El-Jem colosseum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tun244The colosseum could hold around 30,000 spectators - El-Jem

 

 

tun247Near the top tier of El-Jem colosseum

 

 

tun246The outer walls of the colosseum - El-Jem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tun252The underground area housed the wild animals, slaves and gladiators - El-Jem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tun239Surrounding the colosseum is a colonnade of shops and cafes - El-Jem

 

 

tun265Mahdia old and new, as seen from Borj el-Kebir, with the Great Mosque in the centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tun267Looking to the Mediterranean from the fortress of Borj el-Kebir, Mahdia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tun264The old Fatimid port, beyond the cemetery in Mahdia's old quarter

 

 

tun262Place Khadi en-Noamine in Mahdia's medina

 

 

tun256aThere's several cafes at Place du Caire, Mahdia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tun269The cobbled streets of Mahdia's medina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tun258The sun sets on Mahdia

 

 

tun272The beachfront at Monastir, dominated by the ribat. It featured in Monty Python's Life of Brian.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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tun274A fantastic view from my beachside hotel room at Sousse

 

 

tun278Boujaffar beach is a long stretch of sand at Sousse

 

 

tun300The entrance to the medina at Place des Martyrs, Sousse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tun289There's great views of the city from the ribat's watchtower - Sousse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tun293The Great Mosque and port as seen from the ribat - Sousse

 

 

tun294Looking in the opposite direction, the kasbah (fort) towers over the medina - Sousse

 

 

tun297There's plenty of shops in the souqs of Sousse medina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tun305The Saloon Steakhouse is a restaurant/bar in the 'zone touristique' - Sousse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tun314The marina at Port el-Kantaoui, a few kilometres down the road from Sousse

 

 

tun308A pirate ship waits for tourists at Port el-Kantaoui marina

 

 

tun310Port el-Kantaoui marina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tun315One of the smaller beaches at Port el-Kantaoui

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tun322Kairouan's Great Mosque. Kairouan is said to be the 4th holiest site in the Muslim world (after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem)

 

 

tun326The Great Mosque, Kairouan

 

 

tun325An ornate door in Kairouan's medina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tun329Searching for the front door key, Kairouan medina

 

 

tun331The quiet Friday lunchtime streets in Kairouan medina

 

 

tun334Kairouan medina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tun335Hotel la Kasbah occupies the former kasbah of Kairouan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LINKS

www.cometotunisia.co.uk - Tunisia tourist board

www.tourismtunisia.com

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www.sncft.com.tn - Tunisian Railways website, currently in French and Arabic only

 

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