Along historical walls, Sfax
Sfax (Arabic: صفاقس, Safaqis, or /sfa:qs/ in Tunisian Arabic, whence the French name) is a city in Tunisia, located 270 km (168 miles) southeast of Tunis. The city, founded in AD 849 on the ruins of Taparura and Thaenae, is the capital of the Sfax governorate, and a Mediterranean port on the Gulf of Gabes. Sfax has population of 340,000 (2005), and is an industrial center for processing phosphates. The city is often described as Tunisia's Second city, because only Tunis has more inhabitants.
In short, a Kasbah is an official fortified residence, often defended by armed guards. It can be the dwelling of a sovereign (for example the Tunis Kasbah, not much of which has survived) or that of the representative of authority in a province. By extension, the word has come to designate the quarter adjoining the building.
In fact, all North African towns have their Kasbah. Their use spread in the XIIth century under the Almohad dynasty established in present day Morocco. In time, they were integrated into larger defensive works comprising fortifications and ramparts. This is the case, particularly, of the Sfax Kasbah that today is a monument flanked by two towers and an artillery bastion dating to the XVIth century and is located in the continuity of the city walls.
The Kasbah was painstakingly restored and has now recovered its original majesty.
By the end of the 10th century Sfax had become an independent city state. The city was conquered by Roger of Sicily in 1148 and occupied until it was liberated in 1156 by local forces, and was briefly occupied by European forces again, this time by the Spanish, in the 16th century. Sfax became an integral base of the Barbary piracy, prompting an unsuccessful invasion by Venice in 1785. In the late 19th century Sfax and the rest of Tunisia were conquered by France and incorporated into the French empire. During World War II, the Axis powers used the city as a major base until they were defeated by British forces. After World War II, Tunisia was returned to France only to gain independence in 1956. (Source: patrimoinedetunisie.com & wikipedia)
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snunney (72716) 2009-09-25 1:38
A good perspective along these walls, whose size we can estimate from the people passing by. Splendid colours and sharpness.
portmanndominic (2400) 2009-09-25 1:47
la perspective sur les murailles est bonne , les couleurs sont particulierement bien contrastés , les personnes qui marchent apportent un plus à la photo
Bon week end
lousat (64197) 2009-09-25 2:04
Hi George,another beautiful tribute to Sfax,another pearl in your tunisian collection very very nice,truely one of the best never seen on TE...my best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO
jlbrthnn (79789) 2009-09-25 2:12
A very good exposure which gets superb colors. The details are excellent. I will have corrected the verticals a little. Spectacular photograph and solid architectural document. Cheer.
Have a nice day.
vasilpro (40557) 2009-09-25 2:21
Another excellent composition for Sfax. With so many beautiful photos, I think that I have no reason to visit Tunisia, there are nothing else to see.
Have a nice day, Vasilis.
BeBeHooker (0) 2009-09-25 2:47
Wonderful oriental architecture. Good light and colors. Very fine sharpness. Nice frame.
besnard (49949) 2009-09-25 2:49
Une forteresse à l'architecture intéressante, mise en valeur grâce à une bonne luminosité. J'aime les douces couleurs sable.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
Cretense (68671) 2009-09-25 3:18
Very impressive castle, excellent architecture photo, as always! Great composition and framing, great light management, brilliant colours and perfect definition!
asajernigan (19669) 2009-09-25 3:28
This is a nicely composed shot taken from a nice POV. The angle of the shot gives the scene depth and direction. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has excellent sharpness. The people add a good sense of scale to the shot.
bobocortis (15918) 2009-09-25 5:30
The pov towards the corner is useful to create a great perspective to the two sides.
The human figures are well placed.
gildasjan (39558) 2009-09-25 6:56
Une belle série d'images en teintes douces que vous avez réalisé en Tunisie.Des personnages bien placés dans la composition viennent donner vie à cette image d'architecture.
saxo042 (33926) 2009-09-25 8:20
This is a well proportioned composition, clearly following the rule of thirds. The red and white pavement marking is quite attractive in your picture, as are the persons walking here!
bostankorkulugu (41328) 2009-09-25 21:03
a good presentation of this impressive castle, in natural colours... bon WE george... korkut
subhendu_bagchi (21056) 2009-09-26 0:50
your chosen point of view to show the great perspective is nice. Depth and light is fantastic. Small green trees are nicely contrasted with the wall and tower. Tfs.
Have a great day.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2009-09-26 1:13
Hello George! Wonderful tower, wonderful walls, amazing light and bright, good contrast and sharp. Very good POV, capture and exposure. Superb work. Well done!
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-08
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Discovery of Sfax [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-09-25 1:16