Calm Medina street, Tunis
The walls which once enclosed the Medina in Tunis long since disappeared, apart from a few town gates, and their place has been taken by a ring of streets around the old town, which is in the form of an oval measuring 1,500m/1,640yds from north to south by 800m/880yds from east to west. It is the largest Medina in Tunisia and the finest after the Medina of Kairouan. Originally going back to the ninth-11th centuries, it dates in its present form largely from the Hafsid (13th century) and Turkish (17th-18th century) periods. The French demolished its outer walls but left it otherwise unchanged.
The Médina, built on a gentle hill slope on the way down to the Tunis Lake, is the historical heart of the city and home to many monuments, including palaces, such as the Dar Ben Abdallah and Dar Hussein, the mausoleum of Tourbet El Bey or many mosques such as Zitouna Mosque. Some of the fortifications have now largely disappeared around it, and it is flanked by the two suburbs of Bab Souika to the north and Bab El Jazira to the south.
But east of the original nucleus, first with the construction of the French Consulate, the modern city was built gradually with the introduction of the French protectorate at the end of the nineteenth century, on open land between the city and the lake. The axis to the structure of this part of the city is the Avenue Habib Bourguiba, designed to by the French to be a Tunisian form of Champs-Elysees in Paris with its cafes, major hotels, shops and cultural venues. On both sides of the tree lines avenue, north and south, the city was extended in various districts, with the northern end welcoming residential and business districts while the south receives industrial districts and poorer peoples.
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. (Source: planetware & tunisguide & wikipedia)
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rbassin (16458) 2011-02-18 3:31
Une très belle prise de vue, j'aime beaucoup les détails de la porte, du plafond et la perspective de la ruelle.
abmdsudi (40258) 2011-02-18 3:42
This is another great shot from Tunis medina, we can feel the atmosphere as depicted here. The architectural beauty is clearly highlighted in great detail with lovely textures. Great perspective and depth, the slight curvy cobbled stone path leads eyes into the far end to vanishing point. Lovely warm light, the brilliant blue door contrasts stunningly, and the lady adds life. Great capture my friend, Congrast
lousat (72855) 2011-02-18 4:20
Hi George,today the light balance is truely excellent and perfect to create an excellent view everywhere in the pic.Very nice composition,great sharpness and colors too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO
snunney (79973) 2011-02-18 4:20
A pleasant perspective down this old street relieved by this solitary figure hurrying home with their shopping. The detail in the doorway and the pavement are nicely rendered under a good light.
francio64 (38264) 2011-02-18 4:23
bella immagine che vede un portone che si apre su una tipica strada della Medina con i tipici colori del luogo.
La presenza umana, anima e movimenta la scena.
SnapRJW (29408) 2011-02-18 4:28
Hello George - Another lovely image; the detail and colour of the door is quite special. Are these doors ever closed I wonder or are they, these days, permanently open? And through the doors a cool-looking, peaceful vista. Very nice. Best regards Rosemary
JFS (32459) 2011-02-18 4:42
Another beautiful picture of the Medina of Tunis. The management of the light is excellent. Thanks George!
timecapturer (45691) 2011-02-18 5:08
What splendid doors! love your POV for this as it creates so much the desire to walk on through. Excellently sharp and wonderfully controlled light makes for a stunning image. Well done!
Sergiom (55401) 2011-02-18 5:21
Ce qui frappe le plus dans cette image, c'est la couleur. Tout est très doux. De plus la porte est magnifique et elle s'ouvre sur le passant qui marche vers l'horizon.
jjcordier (73764) 2011-02-18 6:00
Portes ouvertes pour prendre le chemin de la démocratie!Une excellente image de cette médina.
dkmurphys (47014) 2011-02-18 6:14
Indeed, a fine calm atmosphere on that old street. And what an amazing door. Very picturesque scene, have a nice weekend.
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2011-02-18 6:27
Very nice shot with good depth. Love the open blue doors and the way the man is walking. Very nicely framed.
paninho (2931) 2011-02-18 6:36
J'aime beaucoup la conception de cette photo avec le personnage qui donne vie à cette ruelle! Le cadrage avec la porte au premier plan très bien aussi. La lumière parfaitement maitrisé. Vraiment un beau travail!
bebbetto (12) 2011-02-18 7:51
Wonderful composition with warm and delicate colors.
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4768) 2011-02-18 8:27
Well chosen Perpsective, gives us a very brief view of the street. Nice detailed work with warm earthy tones. Great capture Geroge! The inclusion of the man adds story, it makes the photo inviting and depicts communication. Great shot!
All the best,
vasilpro (40861) 2011-02-18 8:39
Excellent POV, wonderful composition, interesting architecture, lovely light and colors, very good contrast.
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
Ninello52 (7525) 2011-02-18 9:15
Eccellente POV con prospettiva del vicolo a girare! Fantastico il celeste del portale, bella l'architettura della volta, bellissimi i valori cromatici!
Saluti e buon week! Nino.
Ricx (13495) 2011-02-18 9:20
Hi George, this is such a typical scene from Tunisia, except for one thing - There is only one person-- well captured.. the light along the wall giving good depth.. a lovely image with the cobbled stone Have a great weekend Rich
TopGeo (38192) 2011-02-18 9:37
Hello George - Another lovely frame from Medina of Tunis! The splendid doors POV for walk on through in road ! Interesting perspective, clarity,also and the detail excellent,and colour of the door is quite superb.
LOOOK13 (19046) 2011-02-18 9:55
Splendid colors, good framing.
I am a fan.
Very very good job.
annjackman (18155) 2011-02-18 10:07
I really enjoy the old doors and how they lead us through with the man to look down the street. The colours and lighting are perfect. The texture on the brown ceiling is interesting. Very good image.
dta (63524) 2011-02-18 10:21
Hello George ,
I enjoy to things in this picture : the beauty of the perspective , and the feeling of calm and harmony .
The best moment , with the man at the right place , and a perfect exposure .
jaywalker (16095) 2011-02-18 10:37
Hi George, What a grand door & great POV through it allowing very good depth, I love the cobbled walkway & the overall composition is excellent, TFS, kind regards Wilson.
carlosmarin (11954) 2011-02-18 10:39
beautiful POV of this street in the Medina of Tunis.
Beautiful colors and light.
mauro61 (52623) 2011-02-18 12:18
ottima la distribuzione della luce e la perfetta inquadratura attraverso la porta dal bel colore azzurro.
L'uomo vivacizza l'immagine,
bema (26287) 2011-02-18 12:28
another fine capture of a daily life activity in this fascinating town.. as always a great balnce of light, sharpness and colors..
thanks for sharing, see you around, Bernd
Royaldevon (26847) 2011-02-18 12:36
A very well used pov which uses the repeating arches and the converging lines to draw the viewer in the shot. It seems, almost, as if we are following the lone figure through the narrow passageway.
The light is ambient and the exposure as sharp as pins!
Have a good w/e,
bukitgolfb301 (34612) 2011-02-18 14:03
Hi my dear George
So fantastic shot again by perfect framework !
Very well considered and calcurated framework is admirable and remarkable indeed. Clear presentation in the detail is so marvelous as usual. Thanks for sharing with your finest posting, have a good day and best regards,
Takero from Tokyo
siamesa (27703) 2011-02-18 14:27
Boa noite George
Perfect peaceful in this street. The woman walking alone is a very good addition to the composition. TFS
mesutilgim (80624) 2011-02-18 15:12
Hi dear George,
This pov (through gates) is a perfect idea. İt creates a natural framing and on the other hand leads the eyes of the viewer in the scene.
TFS and best regards
divail (8288) 2011-02-18 18:19
C'est une photo lumineuse, une composition parfaite. Beaucoup de couleurs, une belle profondeur de champ et un personnage qui apporte de la vie. Une belle porte ouverte sur le monde.
jhm (135826) 2011-02-19 0:48
Lovely picture about the medina street, the wood doors in foreground show a wonderful image.
Is complemented by a wonderful environment.
You create a lot depth and perspective.
Sharpness and clarity are excellent for look at.
Nice composition, good presentation too. TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
faletiz (10759) 2011-02-19 6:13
a photo beautiful, congratulations! a POV beautiful, a glimpse of great charm. I love very much the texture of the ceiling with bricks that intersect, the blue door by beautiful workmanship, the stones of the road. The colors are fantastic and the superb sharpness!
bona (12315) 2011-02-19 11:18
nice perspective of this medina. The door is wonderful. Nice capture with good light and the inclusion of the woman over there was correct!
A pretty walk!
berek (34313) 2011-02-20 0:31
Very good perspective with the model my friend. Good composition and soft colors.
COSTANTINO (51974) 2011-02-20 9:51
beautiful shot from another world
great perspective and depth,
beautiful composition with
nice architectural details
the human figure adds
have a nice new week
npecanhuk (61636) 2011-02-20 11:29
Sharpness, exposure, chosen pov, dof, colors, vertical format, black & white borders, composition, contrasts and pp are all oustanding features here!
Great idea and superb visual results!
TFS - congrats,
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-09
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Typical streets [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-02-18 3:28