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 (85018) 2011-02-25 1:56
HI George,the sea seems more beautiful from this point of view! Beautiful long perpsective and fantastic colors,in the usual perfect light balance and sharpness.Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,Luciano.
besnard (55465) 2011-02-25 1:59
Une vue plongeante qui nous permet de découvrir cette ville célèbre en bord de mer, une eau d'un joli vert et de nombreux baigneurs. C'est vivant.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
sandpiper (6788) 2011-02-25 2:14
Another lovely vista. Great composition and lots to look at.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-02-25 2:31
The composition skillfully uses the road and facades. The light well controlled, and the colors are very nice. The sharpness and depth are perfect. Bravo.
Have a nice day
dkmurphys (54485) 2011-02-25 3:18
Very picturesque view, a wonderful beach guarded by those strong impressive walls. Nice colors, good POV.
Have a beautiful weekend.
snunney (92542) 2011-02-25 3:42
Your advantage point offers a long perspective along the corniche. I like the detail to be seen in the framing architecture and the lively holiday atmosphere on the beach. Very good colours and sharpness.
npecanhuk (72044) 2011-02-25 4:53
Very nice and interesting location by the sea!
Very eye-catching and beautiful picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, contrasts, horizontal format, black & white borders, composition and pp are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
Have a great week-end,
francio64 (39784) 2011-02-25 5:15
molto bella questa spiaggia ricca di palme che danno un aspetto esotico.
Belli gli edifici moderni in BG e le strade che sembrano essere molto pulite.
Well done and TFS!
Sergiom (70616) 2011-02-25 5:26
Le point de vue est magnifique. Tu réussis à incorporer les murailles dans l'image ainsi que la plage pleine de monde . On sent la chaleur de l'endroit.
cornejo (37697) 2011-02-25 8:13
George cordials greetings. A very beautiful view of this promenade maritime, with depth of field great. The sharpness, light and colors very well. Good work, congratulation. Have a nice weekend, thanks for sharing.
Bluejeans (64251) 2011-02-25 8:22
Ola George ,
Bom ponto de visão sobre esta rua com a praia na lateral , bonitos detalhes capturados em primeiro plano com esta fortaleza , a agua tem uma cor magnifica , boa luz , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Bom fim de semana
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-02-25 9:50
Spectacular view. Love the greenish color water with people dipping.Very goofd pov. Very sharp image.
erhan1958 (15565) 2011-02-25 12:07
A classic view of tunisia
excellent use of light
macjake (63172) 2011-02-25 12:32
looks like a fantastic place to visit, if you didn't know this was Tunisia, one may think its california by looking at the beach and street!
you chose an excellent composition, with the long lines and curves to create lots of depth.
the stone buildings to the right give contrast, and are also culturally relevant.
Ricx (13495) 2011-02-25 12:43
Hi George, a fascinating photo and history note to go with it.. Just llooking at the photo it could be just about be in any continent.. with the lovely beaches - wonderful sea and the cars parked along the water front -- just the old defensive Castle gives it away. a great TE image TFS and have a great weekend Rich
mesutilgim (90698) 2011-02-25 13:48
Hi dear George,
Nice capture of this beautiful corniche in Monastir. The turkisblue color of the sea is such inviting !
Good framing and good,usefull notes.
TFS and best regards
siamesa (28105) 2011-02-25 14:00
Boa noite George
Very beautiful this view of the coast. The sea is wonderful. Excellent perspective.
bukitgolfb301 (38524) 2011-02-25 14:13
Hi my dear George
So great gorgeous shot again!
Perfect composition of wide focus and very sharp and clear presentation in the detail with deep exposure are so marvelous as usual. Thanks for sharing with your finest posting, have a good day and best regards,
Takero from Tokyo
Atousa (7131) 2011-02-25 22:53
A beautiful view from the fortress.. interesting details along the beach.. very well composed.. thanks for sharing.
Best regards, Atousa
vasilpro (41187) 2011-02-25 23:17
Good morning George,
Wonderful summer composition, lovely light and colors, excellent high POV, very good contrast, clarity and DOF, beautiful view.
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
kiasari (62) 2011-02-26 6:13
You chose a good POV and framing to take this shot. I really like the colors of the photo. Well done!
Have a nice weekend,
Schnappilic (9690) 2011-02-26 11:13
Superb presentation of this lovely place. I like the composition, exposure and colours.
bona (13636) 2011-02-27 3:07
What a great visual of this city beach. I like the many people in the clear water sea.
It seems a calm place, or the streets are closed?
Beautiful photo my friend.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-05
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-02-25 1:53