lti Mahdia Beach Hotel
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Our final stop of the day is the costal city of Monastir, which is just over 23km south of Sousse and 33 km from Port El Kantaoui.
Monastir - from past to present
Founded on the ruins of the Punic-Roman city of Ruspina, Monastir has since evolved and developed from a fishing village into a major tourist resort - a familiar story along the Mediterranean coast.
Like a number of ...
... 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 ...
Our taxi driver drops us outside the Sousse Archaeology Museum on Boulevard Maréchal Tito, where we spend a good part of the morning. Housed in the southern end of the Kasbah, the setting for the museum is as stunning as the treasures it houses.
Sousse Archaeology Museum
Founded in 1951, ...
... built, Thysdrus rivaled Hadrumetum (modern Sousse) as the second city of Roman North Africa, after Carthage. However, following the abortive revolt that began there in 238 AD, and Gordian I's suicide in his villa near Carthage, Roman troops loyal to the Emperor Maximinus Thrax destroyed the city. It never really recovered and today it is still a sleepy outpost - which makes the amphitheatre even more stunning - set against a backdrop of sparse low rise ...
... the Christians of Sicily.
A series of occupations and bombardments culminated with Tunisia becoming a French protectorate. During the 12th century Sūsa was briefly occupied by the Normans; in the 16th century it was conquered by Ottoman Turks. It was bombarded by French and Venetian forces during the 18th century. Tunisia had become a French protectorate in 1881, and in the late 19th century, the French developed the port, ...