Brief history of Mahdia:
Situated on the headland of Cap d'Afrique the old town is surrounded by sea on three sides. An ancient Punic port, Mahdia followed Carthage and Khairuan as the capital Of Tunisia in the 10th century. A small coastal town, Mahdia is the second largest fishing port 60km south of Sousse, a charming little town has escaped the tourist mania of the rest of the coast. The town goes back to the early 10th century and was founded by Shiite Fatimid dynasty as a jumping off point for their conquest of Eygpt. The town had defensive position and the Fatimid left behind a small harbour. The history of Mahdia is closely linked with Shiite branches of Islam. After 7 years of war with Ahghlabids, Ubaydallah known as El Mehdi for whom the place is named, the founder of the Fatimid Dynasty finally secured victory and sought to establish his own capital.
Mahdia was founded in 912AD on an early defended site and El Mahdi settled in this still unfinished town in 921AD in order to reinforce this power and protect himself. In 944AD the city was besieged unsuccessfully for eight months by the army of Abu Yazid. Eventually the 3rd Fatimid Caliph moved the capital inland to Khairouan. The inhabitants of this abandoned capital turned to the sea for their livelihood.
In the medieval Mediterranean world, with its ever shifting frontiers, reprisals were not slow in coming, with first unsuccessful Christian expedition to dislodge the pirate in 1088AD, then occupation by Roger of Sicily from 1148-1160AD. Later various other attempts were made to rid the town of the pirates by a joint French forces in 1390 and in 1550 by Charles V of Spain. The Spanish were finally successful in 1550, but when forced to evacuate in 1554 resorted to destroying the city. Eventually the inhabitants had to revert to more traditional way of life such as olive cultivation, production and weaving of silk. Under Husseinid Bey, the town became home to a cosmopolitan population with Albanians, Anatolians, Greeks, Italians, and French. In late 19th century the Sicilians began to come, introducing the 'Lamparo' night fishing technique. They nicknamed Mahdia 'the sardine city' and built a new neighborhood north of the port.
Today, this little town is one of the largest fishing ports in Tunisia, mackerel and sardines forming a major part of the catch.
View of ancient Fatimid harbour now used by the local fisherman. It looks like a big almost squarish basin that connects to the sea by a small channel, very little remains. On both sides of the channel - the entrance- were towers, the base of these are still there, but it is hard to imagine what it must have looked like. Further along the coast, remains of Fatimid fortifications can be found. The whole eastern tip of the peninsular must have appeared as a sea-based fortress. In the distance is the Red Lighthouse - built by the French - seating on the tip of Cap d'Afrique overlooking the Mediterrenean sea. The dotted white on the slopes is part of extensive burial ground covering most section of eastern end of the peninsular. The hauntingly beautiful white "Sailors' Cemetery" was laid out in this manner so that almost every grave can have a commanding view of the sea, relating to Mahdia's long maritime history of this coastal town. This marine cemetery evokes a very unique sense of peace and spiritual calm....
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Kielia (21953) 2011-02-10 2:51
what a wonderful atmosphere of the sea! Very beautiful light, pleasant colors and an excellent perspective. I also loved reading your interesting notes. My compliments!
dta (59121) 2011-02-10 2:54
Hello Abmdsudi ,
A colorful and so sunny composition . It seems to be in summertime !
Excellent diagonal of the pretty painted boats.
daddo (21280) 2011-02-10 3:12
Salam Abmdsudi.IF BOATS CAN BE HAPPY, THESE WOULD DEFINITELY BE SO- bedecked in fine colours, bobbing up and down in calm waters and being warmed by the Mediterranean sun, while surrounded by so much history. Excellent clarity and as usual beautiful light.Glad to hear that the Albanians had some connection there. Salam. Klaudio.
yquem46 (37558) 2011-02-10 3:13
Nice colorful and luminous perspective of these fishing boats quietly sheltered in the harbor at the foot of the white village
Looks like a summer shot in this flawless compo
Best to you
have a nice day
siolaw (37642) 2011-02-10 3:16
A great light, therefore superb colours.
The compo is well built with harbour in the FG and town as a nice backdrop. It may seem tilted, but a glance at the straight minaret sets the horizon!
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2011-02-10 4:25
row of Nice colorful boats. Nice view from the harbour. Detailed note about this town.
hdl (6995) 2011-02-10 4:26
Nice picture, showing a typical and interesting view. Good balance and colours.
siamesa (27701) 2011-02-10 5:04
Bom dia Abmdsudi
Very nice picture with these anchored and colored boats. Perfect perpective, excellent sharpness and colors.
Sergiom (49050) 2011-02-10 5:38
Cette belle ligne de barques multicolores qui se dorent au soleil est superbe. Elle donnent une belle profondeur à l'image et sont d'une grande netteté.
baclama (16695) 2011-02-10 6:37
la lumiere du soir a permis de tres belles couleurs chaudes...
la vue de ce petit port est typique et bien cadrée
c'est une photo tres agreable
diomed (13926) 2011-02-10 7:03
amazing perspective of these lovely boats captured with a superb light. Beautiful ancient harbour, nice reflections, excellent POV, great colors.
holmertz (33567) 2011-02-10 7:04
Once again a picture carying your trade mark of strong, warm colours. The boats are very nicely lined up in the afternoon sun and the old harbour frames the composition perfectly.
wolf38 (29682) 2011-02-10 7:12
Hello abmdsudi. A great photo of the beautiful Tunisia. Great composition, wonderful colors. It is a sight for the eyes and soul. Very nice. Rgds, Wolfgang.
dkmurphys (44122) 2011-02-10 7:45
Very picturesque port scene. Amazing colors, deep calm atmosphere. The POV is perfect.
SWEETFREEDOM (20590) 2011-02-10 10:01
a very good p.o.v., lovely colored boats in fg and nice buildings in bg.
vasilpro (40685) 2011-02-10 10:31
Wonderful composition with lovely light and colors, interesting ancient harbour, beautiful boats, excellent POV, TFS!
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
LOOOK13 (19046) 2011-02-10 11:59
A very good composition, with splendid colors.
cornejo (24647) 2011-02-10 12:39
Abmdsudi cordials greetings. A very nice composition, with very nice boats. A very good photo with much depth of field, and the sharpness, light and colors perfect. Great shot and good work, congratulation. Have a nice weekend, thanks for share.
bukitgolfb301 (33538) 2011-02-10 14:05
Hi my dear Abmdsudi
Kali ini Tunisia, di mana mana pergi, hebat deh!
This is another impressive shot too.
Nice presentation for excellent bright color with fresh sun rise light. Perfect stable horizotal framework you get. The composition is also well considered and organized. Victory of usage of wide focus lens. Thanks for sharing with your finest posting, have a good last day of a week and best regards, Saram
Takero from a rainy Tokyo
ciakgiak (30403) 2011-02-10 14:28
what a suggestive place! It seems to be very interesting and nostalgic!
You composition works very well with the diagonal created by the colored boats,
the light and the colors are really gorgeous.
hispic (9619) 2011-02-10 19:29
Brilliant capture from your new country Tunisia. Light in the afternoon is warmly hitting the attractive harbour.
I like this warm colour and beautiful framing so much. Marvelous work.
Best wishes, Hisashi
Elaine_Blath (8509) 2011-02-10 23:12
very, very colourful, the light gives it a very rich and saturated tones, well done!
Good work, Ivana
siudzi (29061) 2011-02-11 2:40
Wow, what a lovely picture of these colorful boats! Very well composed with excellent light and colors. Lovely place you have discovered here for us! Thank you.
Urs (14082) 2011-02-11 5:01
Great POV keeping the colorful rowing boats in the FG setting a highlight, but also forcing the viewer to look to the horizon where you see the white houses of the town. Vibrant color hues, excellent light management and high sharpness. Well done.
peppe59 (14551) 2011-02-11 8:47
fantastic light and colors at sunset on this small port in Tunisia, the details and the depth are perfect, great job and congratulations.
Longroute (19392) 2011-02-11 11:15
I love boats and all marine environment and so this is place is for me!
This row of very colourful boats makes a lovely and alive perspective and I like the strong chromatic contrast between the deep blue of the water and the okra of the rock. The light is so fine and makes the scene very warm.
I'd like to be buried in that cemetery! (:-)
Very pleasant and well composed.
AKITA (15125) 2011-02-11 22:02
a beautiful wide view shot of wonderful old port and distant white buildings,
lined colorful boats are making attractive perspective in this fine light,
I like this deep blue tone of water, it is so cool and mysterious too,
thank you for your excellent shot,
Cricri (95455) 2011-02-11 23:07
Une vue très agréable sur le port, la lumière est belle et rehausse joliment les couleurs, très jolie composition
mesutilgim (75604) 2011-02-11 23:43
Very nice harbour scene from Tunisia.
Nice side light and nice vivid colors. The overall layout is just perfect; fulfilling the rules of typical photographers geometry !
Very good and usefull notes as well.
TFS and best regards
Silvio1953 (109385) 2011-02-12 3:19
Ciao Abmdsudi, lovely parade of wonderful boats, fantastic colors, beautiful light, fascinating reflections and splendid light, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
subhendu_bagchi (23699) 2011-02-12 10:17
a nice effect created here by the row of boats. Great colourful atmosphere where the reflection of boats at FG added a lot to it. Great deal with exposer. A nice composition indeed. Tfs.
Budapestman (82620) 2011-02-12 15:18
I remember this place, a beautiful photo with superb composition and splendid colours, great view, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
patdeph (35744) 2011-02-13 7:20
superd and colorful picture of this little harbour,under a splendid lightMagnificent!
shevchenko (18989) 2011-02-13 20:03
Good pov to show an ancient port for little boats, nice vivid blue sky reflect on the calm water surface, it is really a charming old city in the depth, thnks for sharing a fascinating view in a sunny day.
mauro61 (52623) 2011-02-14 1:35
bella ripresa del porticciolo con una luce calda che illumina la scena.
Mi piace la fila delle barche colorate,
adramad (32927) 2011-02-15 8:14
A wonderful image with great colors of these fishing boats as well aligned, the odd port is a real discovery for me and I find impressive for both its form and its antiquity. The mosque at the top of the hill gives a great depth of field to the image.
Very nice composition with good light and color.
josepmarin (57073) 2011-02-16 0:34
the light and beautiful colors are the most important characteristics in this composition, and it works very well on the landscape of the old harbour.
I like your composition, that plays with the graphism of the boats and its diagonal alignment, and which has a great aesthetic wealth.
A beautiful work.
emilbo (21962) 2011-02-16 10:43
Quelles merveilleuses couleurs tu nous as dénichées de la Tunisie. J'ai parcouru la Tunisie du Nord au Sud mais je n'ai pas vu ce coin. Excellente composition et perspective. Les bateaux sont tout à fait fantastiques, un photo que j'aimerais avoir signé.
Bravo!... et merci de partager,
kordinator (14805) 2011-02-17 0:44
A colorful composition with amasing light managment.
Excellent diagonal of the pretty painted boats.
Amazing place fantastic atmosphere.
Excellent pov and perspective.
Wery well informative note.
bergese (6699) 2011-02-17 1:06
Une trés belle image de ce port trés coloré avec une belle rangée de bâteaux qui nous méne vers le phare.Bien vu.
Bonne journée Isabelle
foozi (7101) 2011-02-17 1:16
very exciting capture in its best colours and exciting richness of seascape. How the lining boats really push the perspective into a stunning one. The white building on the hill captured the view and the details are absolutely attractive. Sharpness is amazing all over.
Such an exciting postcard from Tunisia.
Well done and well presented shot.
NB- Thanks for the useful notes on the buildings. Really appreciate it and its such a wonderful note too.
Angshu (53667) 2011-02-17 4:52
Very nice wide view of the place. The bright colours thanks to the good light is the key to the beauty, especially on the boats. Like their repeating effect as well! The reflections of the boats, somewhat muted also add nice graphical effect. Your note is very extensive explaining all the eleemnts which feature in this picture...thanks! However what I think & correct me if I'm wrong, is that the squarish basin seen here has to be man made! Good overall presentation, my friend!
rodgerg (55767) 2011-02-17 8:11
Superb managment of light for this presnettaion of a very plesanat place. this good light give beautiful vived color and contrast. Composition well balanced too with the small bota in the Fg which give greta depht with the large prospect open to the white city in the BG.
gildasjan (40040) 2011-02-19 7:32
Une superbe lumière pour éclairer la perspective colorée de ces bateaux.
jmdias (49701) 2011-03-14 2:51
another precious image. I liekd the colored boats and the view of the city ahead. marvelous light, details and framing. nice job
bebbetto (12) 2011-03-26 11:37
Excellent shot. Great composition and great light.
ilDottore (5252) 2011-05-14 6:13
Composition is very good, maybe 30% crop from left would be quite benefitial.
Interesting light and fantastic vivid colours.
Very good work!
elenimavrandoni (11137) 2013-02-07 13:02
Panoramic view and great sharpness to higlight an ancient port with so much history hidden in these remaining ruins.
Beautiful postcard from the very favorite Tunisia!
Lovely boats ans colors!
kato (10597) 2013-11-21 8:50
You're capturing well this place by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see exiotic landscape with the clean port in which many fishing boats are anchoring and white dwellings on the hill. The whole is harmonized well by a good arrangement and beautiful color combination. It looks like a tasteful place, although I am unacquainted with the knowledge of this area