Abou Nawas El Borj
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... Aghlabid period, and on the south side during the Fatimid era. Following works during the time of the Hafsids the surface area of the fortress expanded to 4,200 sq m.
Many consolidations as well as several polygonal and circular towers were added between the 11th and 13th centuries then the 17th and 19th centuries in order to accommodate artillery pieces.
In the past the ...
... 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 onlyimagine the spectacles which would have been played out below during Roman times.
... are: one of The Head of Medusa Iand The Triumph of Bacchus. There are also a significant number of exhibits from the excavations of the catacombs of the Good Shepherd.
After visiting the Bardo Museum in Tunis we wander in awe around the mosaics and other artefacts on display here.
Shopping in Sousse
The streets in Sousse are busy this morning, not just with tourists, but with local people doing their shopping.
Walking without water
Unfortunately the sun goes to my head today and for some unknown reason I decide to make my own way back to the hotel. This it proves ...
... we were here. We know that the vendors are disinterested since they are no where to be seen. A few of the shop keepers call out and engage in conversation, but it's more of a friendly exchange, almost doing what is expected rather than expecting us to go into their shop and buy.
We'd decided in advance not to take any photos of the amphitheatre today. On a two day trip, with an overnight in the desert, we're unsure whether we'll be able ...