Mahdia harbour impression
Mahdia, Arabic: المهدية (al-Mahdiya), is a Tunisian coastal city with 37,000 inhabitants, south of Monastir and southeast of Sousse.
Mahdia is a provincial centre north of Sfax. It is important for the associated fish-processing industry, as well as weaving. It is the capital of Mahdia Governorate. Mahdia of today is that of the fisherman mending his nets and the silk weavers in the Rue Sidi Jaber.
Entering today's Mahdia is greatest part of the visit. As you pass through the 10 metre thick wall, that functions as the gate to the city, history feels close. The city never opens after this, and all over Mahdia narrow streets never extends beyond small squares. Mahdia's great charm are the narrow streets, trees, the life of the locals, the cafés. The only really open part of the city is in front of the Great Mosque, which is only great in size,- otherwise it is a sad attempt to reconstruct the mosque of the first Fatimids. The Central Mosque, austere and sober dates from the 10th century and the entrance to the Medina is through an enormous 16th century gate. Wandering through the old city visitors can see the vestiges of the ancient ramparts and fortress, visit the "Cape Africa" lighthouse and hauntingly beautiful sailors cemetery.
History of Mahdia
A city already existed at this site during the time of the Phoenicians and Romans, but was destroyed during the Arab conquest of North Africa. Mahdia was founded by the Fatimids under the Caliph Abdallah al-Mahdi in 921 and made the capital city of Ifriqiya, by caliph Abdallah El Fatimi. It was chosen the capital because of its proximity to the sea, and the promontory on which an important military settlement had been since the time of the Phoenicians. In 1087 the town was attacked by raiding ships from Genoa and Pisa who burned the Muslim fleet in the harbor. This played a critical role in winning control of the Western Mediterranean and allowing the First Crusade to be supplied by sea. The Zirid dynasty had its residence here in the 11th century, but was brought to an end by the Norman conquest of the city in 1148. In 1160 the city comes under Almohad rule.
The role of the capital was taken over by Tunis in the 13th century during the Hafsid Dynasty. Some buildings still exist from the 10th and 11th centuries, such as the Great Mosque and the Casbah, which have helped make the city an important tourist attraction.
Later the city was subject to many raids. In 1390 a French crusader army laid siege to the city but failed to take it. Eventually the city was destroyed and burnt down by the Spanish.
Mahdia was also the site where Khaled Abdelwahhab hid approximately two dozen Jews from the Nazi occupiers during World War II. (Source: tourismtunisia & tunisia.com & wikipedia)
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delpeoples (53009) 2011-02-28 3:16
Szia dear Gyorgy
Oooh so beautiful, the light is supernatural. I love the gold tones, they remind me alot of the Dutchlight. Excellent symmetry in the vertical frame, superb sharpness and reflections. TFS and I wish you a lovely day.
Kellemes napot kivanok
csabagaba (6554) 2011-02-28 3:24
érdekesek megint a színek, de itt teljesen helyénvalóak. ( Azért még nézegesd a monitorkalibrációt) továbbbra is kicsit sok a sárga. A fotó egyébként nagyon jó, ha jól gondolom ezek ott hátul, valamiféle raktára. Szép ritmust adnak a kikötői épületek, már-már ipari jellegűek. A fények a vízen nagyon szépen játszanak.
Más: Alakul a dolog É-Afrikában, a fene sem tudja, mi fog ebből kisülni... lehet igaza van a maja naptárnak? Én már annyira nem vagyok optimista... úgyhogy megyek is a boltba, veszek még néhány üveg sört és nem teveztek idén nyárnál hosszabb távra.-)
Szép hételejét, meg ilyesmit.
carlosmarin (11954) 2011-02-28 3:36
beautiful scene of sunset at the port of Mahdia.
Nice composition including the moon. Wonderful warm and golden colors.
I really like the result.
JFS (32459) 2011-02-28 3:38
You have captured the light and the calm of the moment masterly. Thanks for sharing George!
siudzi (33555) 2011-02-28 3:40
The warm colors and soft light are so beautiful here! Really outstanding composition with great vertical format, point of view, exposure. Well done.
jugnutoor (1017) 2011-02-28 4:02
Hi George, Very beautiful scene, sun shining from the back and moon rising above, its marvelous. The tone and the simplicity is too good.
snunney (83661) 2011-02-28 4:18
An attractive warmly lit composition of this little harbour. The repeating motifs of the roofs of the sheds introduce an interesting graphical element. Lovely reflections in the softly rippling waters. The moon is a nice plus point.
siamesa (27741) 2011-02-28 5:00
Bom dia George
Splendid reflections that seem a painting. Superb picture with marvelous sharpness and colors .TFS
Sergiom (59956) 2011-02-28 5:26
C'est une de tes plus belles photos, ŕ mon humble avis. Le cadrage vertical permet d'inclure la lune et la fin de journée donne des couleurs magnifiques.
timecapturer (48640) 2011-02-28 6:40
a wonderfully restful image of these old boats under the moon. Love the way all the roof tops seem to pointing at the orb in the heavens. Magical stuff!
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-02-28 7:11
Nice shot with the the moon showing. Lovely colors and reflections. Nice capture of the storage rooms.
SnapRJW (31089) 2011-02-28 7:26
Hello there George - A very well composed vertical image; I like the space given to the sky which although almost featureless has a lovely colour gradient and the perfectly placed moon, it balances the rest of the shot well. A peaceful and delicately coloured shot. TFS Best regards Rosemary
faletiz (10759) 2011-02-28 9:38
beautiful light and stunning reflections. Excellent composition with beautiful colors.
Have a good evening
jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-02-28 11:20
Good evening George,
The composition is very beautiful. The photo is rather a painting, especially for the reflection. The light, the colors, neatness are excellent. Congratulations.
Have a nice evening
bema (26341) 2011-02-28 11:28
really a peaceful impression.. like that soft colors and the motive a lot.. the moon is a nice addition to this splendid composed capture..
thanks for sharing, see you around, cheers Bernd
Schnappilic (9690) 2011-02-28 12:04
Interesting symmetrical buildings suprised in a beatiful light. Good job!
vasilpro (40933) 2011-02-28 12:26
Superb composition, excellent POV, beautiful atmosphere and reflections, wonderful warm light, lovely colors, fine photo work!
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
mesutilgim (84272) 2011-02-28 14:51
Nice capture ! Interesting light and warm colors.
The atmosphere is somehow the evidence of all the tragical events recently happened in this beautiful country.
TFS and best regards
dkmurphys (49228) 2011-03-01 1:13
Very beautiful capture, a splendid calm place. Great colors, fine shot.
Have a good day.
Ricx (13495) 2011-03-01 1:18
Hi George, what a superb light00 lovely pastal tones.. with the moon above it makes it into a lovely image. Your strong frame enhances it. well done Rich
npecanhuk (65408) 2011-03-01 5:14
Lovely and beautiful picture!
Special regards to the colors, vertical format and composition!
Exposure, level of sharpness, contrasts, black & white borders are all excellent too!
I love those reflections and the presence of the moon!
TFS - congrats,
Bluejeans (64249) 2011-03-01 10:04
Ola George ,
Uma bela foto em tons dourados , muito bem capturado , gostei muito dos reflexos dos velhos armazéns e dos barcos de pesca , ficou magnifica a luz no alto do céu , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
COSTANTINO (55440) 2011-03-17 10:40
it is a different point of view of this
little harbour,classic colors full
of inspiration,excellent symmetry
regards and compliments
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-05
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/90 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2011-02-28 2:28