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Three photos from architecture of Sfax

1.The Town Hall is visible on the photo- neo-Moorish style
Please look at the WS photos:
2.Traditional architecture
3.Art Nouveau in Sfax
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Town Hall, Sfax

The colonial quarters of Sfax are among the nicest in Tunisia, with their playful mixture of Oriental details and European lines of the time.
The photo shows the Town Hall, which also is an archaeological museum.
The Town Hall on the southeast side of the Place de la République is a building in neo-Moorish style with a tall minaret-like tower.

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.

History

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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