On the arched yard, Monastir - Grande Mosque
Monastir (Arabic: المـنسـتير al-munastîr, from Latin monasterium), called (mi’stir) in Tunisian Arabic, (20 km south of Sousse; 162 km south of Tunis), is a city on the central shore of Tunisia, in the Sahel area.
This is the Bourguiba mosque or Grande Mosquée from 1963. Despite its young age, it was built according to traditional patterns. Teak doors were built by craftsmen from Kairouan, and the prayer hall has 86 pink marble pillars holding up the vault. Can be found here in the city the president's mausoleum, likewise, from this building I show photos later.
Habib Bourguiba was the first president of Tunisia, and although he never was elected by the people in free elections, he is generally considered as the father of the modern nation.
Bourguiba was born the seventh child of Ali Bourguiba, a former lieutenant in the army of the bey (ruler) of Tunisia, in the small fishing village of Monastir. At an early age he was sent to the Sadīqī (Sadiki) College in Tunis and later to the Lycée Carnot in the same city for his secondary education. There he was introduced to French culture and Western thought, even as he consolidated his education in Arabic and Islamic studies. In 1924 he went to Paris to study law and political science at the Sorbonne, where he developed contacts with Algerian and Moroccan pro-independence intellectuals. He also absorbed many of the philosophical and ideological currents of the time and was drawn especially to the secularist and reformist traditions of French bourgeois life.
Bourguiba returned to Tunisia in 1927, where he practiced law and became engaged in the political struggle for independence, notably through the foundation in 1932 of a nationalist newspaper (L’Action Tunisienne) and his activity in the Destour (Constitution) Party. He soon became frustrated with the leaders of the Destour, whom he considered to be conservative and timid. In 1934 Bourguiba and some of his associates called a special party congress in Ksar Hellal (Qasr Hallāl) and established their own party—the New Destour, or Neo-Destour, Party (from 1964 to 1987 the Destourian Socialist Party [Parti Socialiste Destourien], and later the Democratic Constitutional Rally [Rassemblement Constitutionnel Démocratique])—of which Bourguiba became the secretary-general. Bourguiba encouraged his fellow Tunisians to confront the colonial rulers, resulting in his exile by the French to prison in the desolate south. By that time he was an acknowledged leader of the developing nationalist movement, with a reputation for fiery and inspiring oration; he had become known as the combattant supreme.
Monastir city in eastern Tunisia. It lies at the tip of a small peninsula protruding into the Mediterranean Sea between the Gulf of Hammamet and the Bay of Al-Munastīr. The ruins of Ruspinum, a Phoenician and Roman settlement, are 3 miles (5 km) to the west of the city. Monastir is now a port and, with adjacent Saqānis (Skanes), forms a fashionable beach resort complex that is served by an international airport. Its industries include textile milling (especially wool) and the manufacture of salt, soap, and olive oil. The city has a noted ribat (monastery-fortress), founded in 180 ce, to which it owes its name; also in the city are several old mosques and a modern mosque that was completed in 1968 and dedicated to Tunisia’s first president, Habib Bourguiba, who was born in Monastir. Benefiting from Bourguiba’s patronage, Monastir enjoyed considerable development, including a modern marina. In 2000 Bourguiba was buried at Monastir in his family mausoleum. Pop. (2004) 71,546. (Source: Britannica Encyclopedia & Wikipedis & Looklex-Tunisia)
---Peace and happiness for Tunisia. I hope the wounds heal up quickly. ---
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npecanhuk (73494) 2011-01-23 3:32
Beautiful and lovely picture!
Sharpness, exposure, chosen pov, colors, pp, contrasts, horizontal format and composition are all excellent here!
TFS - congrats,
jurek1951 (42196) 2011-01-23 3:42
Very well composed and captured photo. Great color, details and light.Very well done,
digbymerry (3998) 2011-01-23 3:43
Great composition. I like the colour and exposure. White buildings and blue sky are sometimes difficult to balance but this is perfect.
snunney (94953) 2011-01-23 3:49
The well chosen point of view shows off this fine architecture to great effect and brings depth to the scene. The detail is very well rendered with good colours and sharpness. Have a good Sunday.
ifanik (21679) 2011-01-23 4:04
Very beautiful photo my friend
Nice colors and beautiful light
csabagaba (6632) 2011-01-23 4:50
Némelyik muhadír épület, mind egyforma. Eddig nem godoltam volna, hogy az iszlám ( és szándékosan nem arab" építészet ennyire meg tud fogni. Ehhez el kellett mennni, és meg kellett nézni. Bár, ha hozzáteszem, hogy kb. 10 éve szeretném megnézni Andalúziát, talán ez annyira nem meglepő. Igazán kellemes meglepetés volt, befogadni, sajnos nem tudtam igazán, mert csak szinte a részletekre emlékszem. Sokkal több idő kellene erre. És az, hogy az arabok, - és itt már arabokról írok" nagyjából ugyanoda jutottak, mint a görögök, kész katasztrófa. Azt hiszem, az ideológiát meghaladta az élet.... de ebbe ne menjünk bele, mert nagyon messzire vezetne...
Szép napot és végre fények és napsütés van... igaz hideg is...
Szép vasárnapot, Csaba
bema (26409) 2011-01-23 5:41
a nicely composed picture with a great diagonal impact, the people add a lot of interest and scale, too..
thanks for sharing, see you around, Bernd
Sergiom (73496) 2011-01-23 5:55
Je n'ai pas eu le plaisir de visiter Monastir. Je dois avouer que ce que je vois ici est bien tentant. La lumičre est superbe ainsi que l'architecture. L'image est d'une grande netteté.
besnard (55846) 2011-01-23 7:48
Un bon cliché de la cour intérieure de la mosquée aux couleurs ocres douces, le tout sous un beau ciel tout bleu.
Merci pour le partage et bonne fin de journée.
mauro61 (52855) 2011-01-23 9:00
bello il contrasto delle architetture in una immagine piena di luce.
Splendidi i colori,
bona (13711) 2011-01-23 9:38
a woderful view. I really want to visit tunisia someday. The archtecture is amazing. How was your travel. Did you stay in hotel ou hostel? How about the food and the things are expensive.
Have a nice day my friend.
Schnappilic (9690) 2011-01-23 10:06
You had captured the specific atmosphere of Monastir. Nice location, good light and composition.
vasilpro (41215) 2011-01-23 10:54
Wonderful composition, interesting architecture, beautiful yard, excellent light management, lovely colors, very good contrast, very nice POV.
Have a nice week, Vasilis.
francio64 (39868) 2011-01-23 11:57
POV ben scelto per questa immagine di architettura.
Ottima esposizione alla luce e ottima resa cromatica.
siamesa (28115) 2011-01-23 18:54
Boa noite George
Very interesting the history of Bourguiba. It's important that we learn about people that we naver read about. This mosque is wonderful with beautiful details and colors.
jjcordier (79295) 2011-01-23 23:09
Beau cadrage sur la belle architecture de cette mosquée inondée de lumičre.
carlosmarin (11954) 2011-01-24 1:41
beautiful scene arcaded courtyard of the Mosque of Monastir.
Good POV, nice framing and beautiful colors.
dkmurphys (55933) 2011-01-24 2:03
Fine scene, nice composition.Impressive architecture, sunny beautiful day.
macjake (64768) 2011-01-25 9:43
these tunisian photos are such a pleasure to view.
funny how open spaces can make the photo feel larger and wider, even though its the same spacing within the frame.
lovely sharpness, and i really admire the green line that spreads horizontally from side to side.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-01-28 11:52
This monument and the "cloister" is remarkable. The clarity is exceptional decoration. Very good light and colors. Bravo.
Have a nice evening
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-05
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-01-23 3:05