View from a decorative window - Mausoleum and Mosque of Hammouda Pacha
(I took the photo of a business house's roof)
The Mausoleum of Hammouda Pacha in Tunis is a square building with a green-tiled pyramidal roof (1665). Adjoining is the Mosque of Hammouda Pacha (c. 1665), which has an octagonal minaret in Syrian style, one of the finest minarets in Tunis.
The mosque was built between 1654 and 1655 by Hammuda (Muhammed) Pasha (d. 1696), who succeeded his father as the Ottoman governor of Tunisia in 1631 and left his post to his son in 1662. It is located inside a walled courtyard at the southeast corner of Sidi ben Arus and Kasbah streets. A tomb was added within the precinct between 1685 and 1686 for the founder and his family. The architect of the ensemble is Muhammed Nigro of Cordoba.
The mosque is aligned with the two streets and with qibla, along the northwest-southeast axis. The rectangular prayer hall is accessed through a narrow courtyard that envelops it on three sides, except for qibla, to the southeast. Three portals -- a main portal facing northwest on Kasbah street, a side portal facing northeast and a third portal at the eastern corner -- lead into the courtyard, which is raised several steps from the street level to even out the natural slope of the site. A large part of the courtyard is shaded by the portico that wraps the prayer hall, which is mirrored along the northeast courtyard wall to delineate an overflow prayer area with an outdoor mihrab. Both the arcade and the portico feature columns with a variety of capitals carrying horseshoe and round arches.
The prayer hall is entered from through seven iron doors set in archways. Of the three portals on the main façade, the central entrance is distinguished with a black and white marble arch set inside a frame of interlocking hexagons. Inside, the hypostyle prayer hall is seven bays wide and five bays deep and measures 26.5 by 16.5 meters. It is roofed with six trough vaults and a central barrel vault that terminate at the qibla aisle, which is crowned with a raised dome above the mihrab, flanked by two transverse trough vaults and corner cross-vaults. Its horseshoe arches are carried on twenty four free-standing and twenty engaged marble columns with identical capitals bearing volutes and crescent motifs.
Tunis (Arabic: تونس, Tūnis) is the capital of the Tunisian Republic and also the Tunis Governorate, with a population of 1,200,000 in 2008. It is Tunisia's largest city.
Situated on a large Mediterranean gulf, (the Gulf of Tunis), behind the Lake of Tunis and the port of La Goulette (Halq al Wadi), the city extends along the coastal plain and the hills that surround it. At the centre of more modern development (colonial era and post) lies the old medina. Beyond this section lie the suburbs of Carthage, La Marsa, and Sidi Bou Said.
The medina is found at the centre of the city: a dense agglomeration of alleys and covered passages, full of intense scents and colours, boisterous and active trade, a surfeit of goods on offer ranging from leather to plastic, tin to the finest filigree, tourist souvenirs to the works of tiny crafts-shops.
As the capital city of the country Tunis is the center of Tunisian commercial activity, as well as focus of political and administrative life in the country. The expansion of the Tunisian economy in the last decades is reflected in the booming development of the outer city where one can see clearly the social challenges brought about by rapid modernization in Tunisia. (Source: planetware & tunisguide & wikipedia)
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besnard (52215) 2009-10-28 1:58
Une bonne idée de nous ouvrir une fenêtre entourée de magnifiques céramiques sur la ville. Les couleurs et les dessins sont extraordinaires.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
ifege (10205) 2009-10-28 1:59
One of your best photos from Tunisia George. Fabulous framing using the tiled surrounds through to the minaret.
delpeoples (52731) 2009-10-28 2:00
Hi George, one of your best yet. The vertical cut, excellent depth and exposure are to be congratulated. Great job and TFS, Lisa.
lousat (72855) 2009-10-28 2:06
Hi George,i had the same idea when i was there..and what a beauiful result! A natural border whit a typicals colors of tunisian architechture,excellent sharpness and colors as usual,thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO
vasilpro (40849) 2009-10-28 2:18
Good morning George,
Wonderful window to the view of Tunis town, excellent composition, great photo. Congratulations!
Have a nice day, Vasilis.
npecanhuk (61578) 2009-10-28 2:56
This one is truly wonderful!
Sharpness, exposure, dof, vertical format and pov are all excellent and the composition is magnificent: effective and quite attractive! Those architectural details are so interesting and beautiful!
TFS - congratulations!
My warmest regards,
snunney (79973) 2009-10-28 3:05
The mosaic covered archway makes a wonderful and colourful frame for the traditional architecture in the background. I like the light and colours and the excellently rendered detail. The wrought iron blue railing is a nice bonus.
swiatopelk777 (0) 2009-10-28 3:19
Amazing window. Wonderful natural frame. Good focus, very good sharp and contrast. Original topic. Good note.
Greetings from Warszawa!
danos (83603) 2009-10-28 4:12
a nice frame through we can see the minaret of Mosque of Hammouda Pacha.I like the decorative window,the clarity and the sharpness of the scene,as your idea to capture the shot with this great POV.Informative your note as well.
Have a nice day,danos
PixelTerror (0) 2009-10-28 5:29
Very nice, in addition of framing the mosque minaret the style of this foreground adds to the context
have a nice day JY
jlbrthnn (79791) 2009-10-28 6:07
Beautiful composition which has the advantage of showing the architecture and the facing typiqement Islamic of the walls. Very good clearness on all the plans. One great depth and beautiful sober colors. Cheer.
Have a nice day
francio64 (38264) 2009-10-28 6:17
bella composizione con l'arco naturale a fare da cornice.
Luce e sharp sono ottimi.
Have a nice day!
Bluejeans (64247) 2009-10-28 6:21
Bonita moldura com esta parede de azulejos , bonita apaisagem de fundo tem uns detalhes de arquitectura muito bons, boa luz, parabéns!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
bona (12309) 2009-10-28 6:46
I love this kinda of architecture. Colorfuls tiles and great point of view.
Hugs my friend
ChrisJ (94836) 2009-10-28 7:05
I'll agree with the others, that this is the best in the series so far. The angled pov on the arch lifts this one above the usual front on pov, that most photographers are content with. Plus the arch itself is very colourful, with interesting repetition of geometric patterns & shapes, & is well lit. The backdrop is also quite good. Tfs!
John_F_Kennedy (42048) 2009-10-28 7:38
It's a wonderful shot - very well composed. I like how we look through ornaments to tower of the mosque. Well done.
JT50 (1491) 2009-10-28 8:22
Splendid use of natural frame.
The tiled archway creates a lovely
contrast. Fine composition.
I think you have a special
love for arches and curves.
carper (96) 2009-10-28 9:42
fantastic one George,
what a window view, very good photo and well seen shot, good sharpness and a good composition, have a nice evening.
pauloog (11747) 2009-10-28 9:56
A wonderful view of the Islamic tiling art together with a fine view on the mosque and the city with some pleasant details like the antennaes.
Perhaps you could have cropped the blue railing which does not really contribute to the scene and has a colour which does not fit well ?
CLODO (29316) 2009-10-28 11:00
A good frame full of colours for this mosque, and sharpness on the whole shot. It's an invitation to come in.
thank you for your post
saxo042 (36918) 2009-10-28 11:03
Very beautiful ceramic tiles here and they frame the minaret in a superb way. A very good observation and a fine photo!
Wanda1 (14978) 2009-10-28 20:32
This beautiful decorative archway makes the perfect frame for the mosque. Nice sharp detail as always.
ls7902 (7314) 2009-10-28 22:52
Wow, very beautiful. Nice composition & perspective. Attractive arch to frame the minaret. Regards. Latiff.
jjcordier (73728) 2009-10-29 0:10
Une photo superbe! La composition est excellente et j'admire l'équilibre des lumières. J'admire!
Graal (95612) 2009-10-29 2:12
Jó napot George,
amazing glance through the gate. Good idea and composition. Beautiful details. Well presentation of towers. I like it.
TopGeo (38192) 2009-10-29 17:11
Hi George! One of your best photos from Tunisia A frame in frame!Beautiful composition which has the advantage of showing the decoration and excellent characteristic architecture Wonderful natural POV and good level. Good details
amaryllis (33598) 2009-10-30 3:39
un superbe cadrage par cette fenêtre entourée de céramiques et d'une beauté remarquable avec de belles couleurs,et ce palais d'une architecture remarquable
tres bien vu et un rendu superbe
JCG (35129) 2009-11-03 6:27
Beautiful use of this decorative window to agreeably bring us to this minaret emphasized well under this splendid blue sky. Tunisia really abounds in superb places. Pretty and interesting composition, thank you George.
With all my friendships and a very good end-of-day,
pasternak (15177) 2009-11-04 4:28
Nice view of this mosque through the window, I think you have found a very suitable framing.
gervaso (9365) 2009-11-07 4:59
What a wonderful framing, with beautiful details of the tiles in the foreground! The architecture in the background is also very nice! Beautiful job! Very well done!
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-09
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/9.5, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Arches Within Arches, Discovery of Tunis [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-10-28 1:51