Mahdia Palace Thalasso
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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.
... houses an outstanding collection of mosaics providing an illustration and insight into life in Roman and Byzantine Tunisia in general and Sousse, modern day Hadrumetum in particular.
There are collections of objects and statues of the Punic, Roman, Christian and Arabe eras. Among the most ...
... There are other Roman sites - covered and preserved under sand - which have yet to be excavated.
Film facts - The amphitheatre was used for filming some of the scenes from the Monty Python film The Life of Brian as well as the film Gladiator.
We take the short walk from the car park, passing a few stalls with tourist souvenirs and local crafts, as well as some shops further along the road. The stalls seem to have changed very little since the ...
... the importance of Sousse, as it had been renamed.
We buy our tickets for the mosque from a small booth in the square outside. As we enter the mosque one of the attendants kindly gives Sue and Grace a thawb like robe and a headscarf each.
The mosque is beautiful in its simplicity, apart from one or two of the faithful in the prayer hall opposite, the mosque is empty which brings a feeling of ...