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... something in The English Patient but I don't care. To quote Elaine Benes - "Quit telling your stupid story about the stupid desert, and just die already! DIE!"
My mis-marked aparthotel turned out to be on the Marina, which was actually pretty cool for having completely screwed up. There were apartments and a hotel, about ten restaurants, and you could swim in the Mediterranean. The city itself, like Tunis, was a typical developing ...
This morning we visited Monastir, which is just south of Sousse. The town has a fine ribat (fort) built by the Muslims to defend against the potential Christian invaders in the 10th century. It has been extensively restored & was used in "The Life of Brian" as a set. The major attraction apart from beaches is the Bourguiba mausoleum that he had built for himself during his long presidency. It houses the tombs of his family also & is ...
... 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 ...
... 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 ...
... the camera battery and have the opportunity to take some photos when we return next week.
Our guide provides an overview of the history of the amphitheatre: its design and construction; how it operated and the events it hosted in Roman times.
The amphitheatre at El Jem was built by the Romans under proconsul Gordian, who was acclaimed Emperor at Thysdrus, around 238. It was never completed, because of political rivalries and lack of funds ...