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... Sousse. It isn't quite in the desert, but you can feel it from here. It also has a rabat, supposedly in better condition than the one in Sousse, but its medina/souk is not nearly as traditional or historical.
However, Monastir does have the mausoleum of Habib Bourghiba, the dictator of 31 years (1956-1981) after Tunisia obtained independence from France, He was a *******, but he had a vision for Tunisia as a moderate Islamic country, ...
... He seems to be almost venerated by the people & his times are seen as a kind of golden age. We wandered in the medina with narrow passages between the houses & enjoyed seeing the range of products available.
After lunch, back in Sousse, we went to the ribat to see the recently re-opened museum of 2nd century AD mosaics & artefacts taken from villas in the area, in its courtyard. These were truly stunning, in size, ...
... 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 ...
... making it one of the largest venues in Roman times with only the Flavian amphitheatre in Rome (50,000) and theatre of Campus having greater capacity.
The amphitheatre is a complex structure, but it has been well preserved and unaltered. Underneath the arena there are two passageways, which we explore, where gladiators would have waited with animals and slaves before being brought into the arena. Since there was no readily ...
... 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 ...
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