Abou Nawas El Borj
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... not being in the centre of the medina. The Great Mosque's architecture is simple and sobre. Its outer fašades are in ashlar (finely dressed and cut stone) and are decorated with niches.
Habib Bourguiba Mausoleum
Tunisian ex-president Habib Bourguiba was born in 1903 in Monastir, and his mausoleum is located just a short walk from the Ribat and Grand Mosque.
He served as ...
... supply naval battles were never staged in the arena.
Until the 17th century it remained more or less in tact. From then on its stones were used for building the nearby village of El Jem and transported to the Great Mosque in Kairouan. During struggles with the Ottomans, the ruling Turks used cannons to flush rebel dissidents out of their hiding places in the amphitheatre.
We have about 45 minutes to wander around on our ...
... The Kasbah has been well preserved and rennovated. It's deserted and so we can relax in peace and quiet.
Views from the kasbah
Leaving the museum we walk through the narrow streets of the Kasbah downhill towards the port and main square.
... a good idea. Whilst the journey from Sousse to the hotel by taxi takes just under 20 minutes, on foot and without water it takes a lot longer, just under two hours, and is slightly more tiring. By the time I get back to the hotel I'm feeling tired and dehydrated. Not something that I'll be repeating too soon!!
... around on our own, walking along the dark passageways under the area, there is some light along the way from the grills above. We peer into the dark cells which would have housed the captive animals and slaves as well as the larger rooms where the gladiators would have been prepared.
Climbing to the "gods" the highest seats in the amphitheatre we look down on the arena and can only imagine the spectacles which would have been played out below during Roman ...