Fortress of Monastir, (Ribat of Monastir)
This is the oldest and most important defensive work to have been built along the North African coastline by the Arab conquerors in the early days of Islam.
Founded in 796, this building underwent several modifications during the medieval period. Initially, it formed a quadrilateral and then was composed of four buildings giving onto two inner courtyards.
A spiral stair of about a hundred steps leads to the watchtower form the top of which visual messages were exchanged at night with the towers of neighbouring Ribats and from which visitors can admire a superb view over the city of Monastir and the open sea.
In the summer the Ribat houses various events that are part of the international festival of Monastir.
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.
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)
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lousat (90702) 2011-02-04 2:16
Hi George,a beautiful view of the Monastir fortress,it's something new for me beacuse when i was there was too late and the fortress were closed...very impressive and rich composition and the usual fantastic quality.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano
asajernigan (21427) 2011-02-04 3:10
This is a great shot of this fortress. The off center placement of the tower works well drawing the eye across the shot. The walls and walkways create good lines and angles throughout the shot. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has fine sharpness. The people add a good sense of scale for the scene.
Zolive (5935) 2011-02-04 4:21
very nice picture of this fortress. White stones contrast with blues of sky and sea. You must have a great panorama on the top of the tower. Well done.
Sergiom (78593) 2011-02-04 5:22
Quelle magnifique composition. Le sujet est très beau et la lumière est parfaite. L'utilisation des gens est excellente pour relativiser la dimension de l'endroit.
JFS (32459) 2011-02-04 5:43
Spectacular view of the fortress. Good management of light, not easy!
jjcordier (79297) 2011-02-04 8:00
Une très belle photo de la forteresse de Monastir. Lumière, couleurs et composition parfaites.
npecanhuk (75110) 2011-02-04 8:23
Very attractive picture!
Here, I love everything!
Sharpness, exposure, chosen pov, colors, pp, contrasts, horizontal format, black & white borders and composition are all outstanding features!
TFS - congrats,
siamesa (28117) 2011-02-04 9:23
Boa tarde George
Very useful note. This fortress has a special architecture and its colors make a great contrast with the blue sky.TFS
francio64 (39888) 2011-02-04 12:08
io amo questo genere di luoghi e la tua foto mostra questo luogo in modo eccellente.
Ottima gestione della luce e buon senso di vita dato dalla presenza dei turisti.
williewhistler (16394) 2011-02-04 12:10
the inclusion of the figures give good sense of the scale of this magnificent fortress.
Even photographed in mid day you have been able to capture the detail of the stone walls.
A very informative note also.
Best wishes Les.
bukitgolfb301 (41448) 2011-02-04 16:14
Hi my dear Georege
This is another singificant impressive shot indeed.
Very sharp and clear presentation and description.
Wonderful color touch of blue, white and light chacor,
that makes us warm in this cold season.
Thanks for sharing with your finest posting, have a nice weekend and best regards,
Takero from cold Tokyo
vasilpro (41309) 2011-02-04 23:55
Another wonderful composition from Tunisia, very good contrast, lovely light and colors, interesting old architecture, very nice POV.
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
danos (97471) 2011-02-05 0:42
Good morning George,
nice the panoramic view from this POV of the Monastir's fortress with the interior tower to dominates the castle as the image too.I like the excellent reconstruction and maintenance of the castle,with the people to adds scale in the shot.
Have a good weekend,Danos
dkmurphys (58010) 2011-02-05 1:36
Very picturesque place. Impressive fortifications. Well taken panoramic shot. Good work.
Silvio1953 (142095) 2011-02-05 4:04
Ciao George, great view of fantastic fortress, beutiful contrast of colors with blue of sea and sky, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4814) 2011-02-06 17:44
Great image! The colors are superb! This must be a very interesting place. Would love to visit africa too someday! Thanks for sharing!
JCG (35129) 2011-02-07 11:00
Top of this tower we must especially contemplate a superb panorama with such a beautiful weather. Very pleasant contrasts between this blue sea and this clear stone. A bright photograph, thank you George.
With all my friendships and a very good evening,
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-05
- Categories: Castles, Nature, Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-02-04 2:13