Mahdia, Arabic: المهدية (al-Mahdiya), is a Tunisian coastal city with 37,000 inhabitants, south of Monastir and southeast of Sousse.
Mahdia is a provincial centre north of Sfax. It is important for the associated fish-processing industry, as well as weaving. It is the capital of Mahdia Governorate. Mahdia of today is that of the fisherman mending his nets and the silk weavers in the Rue Sidi Jaber.
Entering today's Mahdia is greatest part of the visit. As you pass through the 10 metre thick wall, that functions as the gate to the city, history feels close. The city never opens after this, and all over Mahdia narrow streets never extends beyond small squares. Mahdia's great charm are the narrow streets, trees, the life of the locals, the cafés. The only really open part of the city is in front of the Great Mosque, which is only great in size,- otherwise it is a sad attempt to reconstruct the mosque of the first Fatimids. The Central Mosque, austere and sober dates from the 10th century and the entrance to the Medina is through an enormous 16th century gate. Wandering through the old city visitors can see the vestiges of the ancient ramparts and fortress, visit the "Cape Africa" lighthouse and hauntingly beautiful sailors cemetery.
History of Mahdia
A city already existed at this site during the time of the Phoenicians and Romans, but was destroyed during the Arab conquest of North Africa. Mahdia was founded by the Fatimids under the Caliph Abdallah al-Mahdi in 921 and made the capital city of Ifriqiya, by caliph Abdallah El Fatimi. It was chosen the capital because of its proximity to the sea, and the promontory on which an important military settlement had been since the time of the Phoenicians. In 1087 the town was attacked by raiding ships from Genoa and Pisa who burned the Muslim fleet in the harbor. This played a critical role in winning control of the Western Mediterranean and allowing the First Crusade to be supplied by sea. The Zirid dynasty had its residence here in the 11th century, but was brought to an end by the Norman conquest of the city in 1148. In 1160 the city comes under Almohad rule.
The role of the capital was taken over by Tunis in the 13th century during the Hafsid Dynasty. Some buildings still exist from the 10th and 11th centuries, such as the Great Mosque and the Casbah, which have helped make the city an important tourist attraction.
Later the city was subject to many raids. In 1390 a French crusader army laid siege to the city but failed to take it. Eventually the city was destroyed and burnt down by the Spanish.
Mahdia was also the site where Khaled Abdelwahhab hid approximately two dozen Jews from the Nazi occupiers during World War II. (Source: tourismtunisia & tunisia.com & wikipedia)
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dkmurphys (59279) 2011-02-19 2:56
Splendid colors, wahat a perfect way of managing the sunlight. Great deep calm atmosphere, weel done.
Enjoy a beautiful afternoon.
francio64 (39888) 2011-02-19 3:03
tonalità calde di luce per questa bella immagine arricchita dai riflessi delle barche sull'acqua.
Well done and TFS!
Bluejeans (64251) 2011-02-19 3:42
Ola George ,
Lindos reflexos capturados neste porto com estes barcos de pesca , bonitos tons dourados de fundo , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Bom fim de semana
snunney (100154) 2011-02-19 4:09
A pleasing composition of these fishing boats and the little harbour. I like the repeating motifs offered by the huts lined up along the quayside in the background. The light is agreeably soft and the colours attractive.
holmertz (53590) 2011-02-19 4:31
You have captured a pleasant atmosphere of late afternoon. The red tinge of the light from the setting sun looks very good along with the greenish tones of the boats.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-02-19 4:31
Nice colors, beautiful reflection, perfect light management, nice view of the sheds. Well composed shot.
Sergiom (80830) 2011-02-19 5:39
J'aime bien les teintes douces qu'offre le soleil couchant sur ce beau port de mer. Le bateau semble bien lours sur l'eau et les toits des garages en arrière plan forment une belle ligne.
TopGeo (38216) 2011-02-19 6:13
very fine picture from Tunisian! Very well seen boats and a combination of elements and buildings.I just can see image with POV excellent colours, good and interesting details of the local points
Good dynamic moment !Well done Perfect work!
siamesa (28121) 2011-02-19 6:41
Bom dia George
The colors are marvelous. The subject is amazing. The composition is absolutely beautiful. Congrats and TFS.
Have a nice weekend
Cricri (120199) 2011-02-19 10:42
Une belle lumière sur le port, j'aime les reflets, le rendu des couleurs des bateaux et l'alignement des cabanes en arrière plan, une image agréable a regarder
jjcordier (79297) 2011-02-19 23:19
J'aime les tons d'image donnant de la douceur à ce joli port de Mahdia. Jolie composition.
saxo042 (37890) 2011-02-19 23:32
Very pleasant green colours of these boat, resting in the calm water. Some nice eye-catching touches of red too.
vasilpro (41317) 2011-02-20 1:06
Wonderful composition, lovely sunset light, beautiful colors, very good clarity, sharpness and contrast, excellent POV.
Have a nice Sunday, Vasilis.
bukitgolfb301 (42368) 2011-02-20 1:34
Hi my dear George
So great tasteful shot by using slight light!
Very well considered framework involved the reflection is admirable indeed. Clear presentation is so marvelous as usual. Thanks for sharing with your finest posting, have a good Sunday and best regards,
Takero from Tokyo
mursaloglu (8682) 2011-02-20 1:39
Hello dear gyorgi after a long absence
Wonderful picture and colorful houses and boats make this frame really amazing. Great evening sunlight. Bravo Szeretném, ha egy jó vasárnap..... ihsan
hispic (9652) 2011-02-20 2:56
Jó reggelt Kedves György,
Very artistic tone as always attracts me with a subtle charm. Light in the late afternoon is also very well managed. Beautiful artwork.
Have a nice day, Hisashi
npecanhuk (75502) 2011-02-20 11:30
What a lovely picture!
I really like all the colors, the chosen pov, composition and those wonderful reflections!
TFS - congrats,
faletiz (10377) 2011-02-20 12:53
beautiful harbor scene with warm colors and beautiful reflections. Very nice composition.
Have a good evening
abmdsudi (54619) 2011-02-20 23:12
The general ambient is the main show here, the atmosphere is special when the sun hides behind the horizon when the golden color enveloping the scene. Excellent capture with good details of the boats and the reflection is awesome. Good balancing job and well framed and you have caught it skilfully to offer us a wonderful tones, lovely color saturation and good exposure control. A timely shot, Great works TFS
jaywalker (16101) 2011-02-22 7:04
Hi George, This is a well composed photo & the fading light adds real beauty, the reflections, the boats & the cropping is all very good & although the colours are not strong that fit the photo nicely, kind regards Wilson,
macjake (68510) 2011-02-22 9:31
its refreshing to see some marina shots of Tunisia, we often see the dry desert areas with the cathedrals, so this is a nice surprise.
its amazing how a simple line such as that rope to the left can add so much to the overall appeal.
i like the tones, and hues, the diminished lighting, very romantic and soothing.
amaryllis (37039) 2011-02-22 14:32
tu as bénéficié d'une belle lumière sur ce port avec ces bateaux toujours aussi colorés
de beaux reflets et un bon format d'image choisi
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-05
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/4, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-02-19 2:42