Great Mosque & The Old town, Sousse
Sousse (Arabic سوسة Sousa), is a city of Tunisia. Located 140 km south of Tunis, the city has 173, 047 inhabitants (2004). It is in the central-east of the country, on the Gulf of Hammamet, which is a part of the Mediterranean Sea. The name may be of Berber origin: similar names are found in Libya and in the south of Morocco (Bilād al-Sūs). It is the capital of Sousse Governorate with 540,000 inhabitants (2005 estimate). The main economic activities of Sousse are tourism and fishing. Industries produce transport equipment, canned sardines and other sorts of processed food, olive oil and textiles. The port is involved in exports and imports and Sousse serves as a commercial center. The surrounding area produces olives and esparto grass on a large scale. It is home to the Université de Sousse (or Université de Monastir). Sousse is the most important junction for overland communications in Tunisia, both by road and rail. The city shares an international airport with Monastir.
The landmark of Sousse is the Great Mosque and the ribat, both from the 9th century. Sousse is extended to the north with a touristic zone, the Port El Kantaoui, which stretches for several kilometres along the beach.
Built in the early IXth century, remodelled and extended during the Xth and XVIIth centuries, it is adjacent to the Ribat, from which it has inherited the fortified aspect with a crenellated surrounding wall flanked by two watchtowers facing the shore, from where assailants from overseas could have appeared. A small door leads into the building and gives into a vast courtyard surrounded by porticos with arcades dating to the XVIIth century. The prayer room, as vast as the courtyard, is surmounted by two cupolas with shells; its roofing is supported by masonry pillars and its mihrab oriented towards Mecca, is richly decorated.
9th century BCE: The town is founded by the Phoenicians, and is called Hadrumetum.
2nd century BCE: The city allies itself with the Romans against Carthage. It becomes later part of the Roman Empire, and the name is slightly changed into Hadrumentum.
5th century CE: Destroyed by the Vandals, but settlements continued. Called Hunerikopolis.
6th century: Byzantium takes control, and names the city Justinianopolis.
7th century: Arabs take over control of the city, and names it Sūsa.
9th century: Main sea port for the Aghlabid dynasty and their capital of Kairouan.
827: Outlet for the launching of Aghlabid invasion of Sicily.
12th century: A Norman occupation, but this is only short lived.
16th century: Spanish occupation.
18th century: Bombardments from both France and Venice.
Late 19th century: The French make additions to the port facilities of Sousse, making it one of the main ports of this part of Tunisia.
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csabagaba (6556) 2011-02-10 1:49
Jó kis utcakép, a pálmák és a kőfal között kóválygó gyalogosokkal. Szép idő volt, a fények kiválóak. Jó a képélesség és kivételesen a színek is tetszenek.-) Az árnyxék az utcakövön különös, és érdekes.
Mondod, javul képeim minősége. Bevallom, feladtam az elveimet és kicsit rásegítek szoftveresen itt-ott. Belátom, az utómunka nélküli képek kevesebb információt hordanak, illetve esetleg elfedik a lényeget. Ez van. Arra azért megpróbálok ügyelni, hogy ne essek túlzásokba. A színszűrő adott esetben pedig tényleg csodákat tesz.
Kiváncsian várom, mi lesz a nagy araboskodás vége. Egyelőre arrafelé nem tervezek utazást. Gondolom, Te is valami elhagyott Isten háta mögötti, tökismeretlen Máltában gondolkodsz a nyáron, mint én, Rodoszban:-)
Szép napot, most kicsit jobb kedvem van, mert végre süt a nap. Fáztam már eleget ezen a télen:-Ö
snunney (83885) 2011-02-10 2:30
Your composition presents an interesting blend of nature with the palm trees and architecture with the mosque and the tower. The people contribute much to the atmosphere of the shot. I like also the long shadows cast by the trees. The image has very good colours and sharpness.
Sergiom (60180) 2011-02-10 5:42
Je me souviens que juste ŕ cet endroit, j'ai acheté un chameau de bois sclupté d'un vendeur itinérant.Je n'avais pas encore appris ŕ dire non merci. Ta photo me rappčle de trčs bons souvenirs.
dkmurphys (49372) 2011-02-10 7:48
Nice atmosphere, a turistic place. I like the atmosphere and the spectacular shadow of the palm trees. Well seen, good work.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-02-10 9:30
Perfect framing, which reveals the characteristic features of the countries of North Africa. Details, light colors are excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice evening
Gerrit (47886) 2011-02-10 11:11
fine calm view of a place that maybe isn't very calm right now.
vasilpro (40933) 2011-02-10 12:34
Wonderful daily life composition, lovely colors, excellent light management, beautiful street atmosphere.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
bona (12582) 2011-02-10 12:50
another beaituful scene of Tunisia. I like the people in the place and the contrast between the new and old architecture. The palms are very diferent, I like them.
siamesa (27741) 2011-02-10 23:58
Very interesting and beautiful composition. A nice register of the daily life. This palm trees added a beautiful effect in the image.
bukitgolfb301 (36002) 2011-02-11 1:00
Hi my dear Geroge
This is another very peaceful and impressive image shot. Very frtuitful presentation for the calm atmosphere. The composition is also well considered and organized. Thanks for sharing with your finest posting, have a good last day of a week and best regards,
Takero from a Sleety Tokyo
ifege (10225) 2011-02-11 1:03
A beautiful photo of every day life in Tunisia George. Lots of interest in the photo. and great colours.
pablominto (53744) 2011-02-11 6:47
A charming street setting, with people seeking shade from the burning sun!
The harsh light conditions are well managed, with a well exposed scene with good details...
A colourful place and a well balanced composition with a fine sense of depth!
mauro61 (52623) 2011-02-11 14:31
bella inquadratura con le palme e la caratteristica architettura.
Scena ben animata da tanta gente,
cornejo (31579) 2011-05-14 4:34
George cordials greetings. Congratulation on your fifth birthday in TE. Very good and nice photo capturing the atmosphere of this beautiful place. A good shot and nice work, congratulation. Have a nice afternoon and happy sunday.