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... in Tunisia and North Africa the city boasts a ribat and mosque. The mosque, unlike mosques in other cities, is located outside of the medina. As the birthplace of the deceased ex-President, Habib Bourguiba, Monastir also has the impressive Habib Bourguiba Mausoleum.
There wasn't time to explore the inside of any of the monuments so I had to be content with walking around the oustide ...
... 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.
... 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!!
Jewel in the desert
El Jem certainly is a gem or jewel in the desert, set in what is now no more than a sleepy and somewhat overgrown agricultural settlement.
Rise and fall of Thysdrus
Thysdrus, (modern day El Jem) like most Roman settlements in Tunisia, was built on a former Punic settlement and in the 2nd century became an important and prosperous centre for producing and exporting olive oil.
By the early 3rd century AD, when the ...