Sousse Ribat atmosphere
This is one of the finest and best conserved buildings of the series of “fortress-monasteries” that dotted the North African coastline to serve both as defences against assailants come from overseas and as a place for spiritual retreats.
Around the courtyard, cells for the soldiers are found on 3 sides. The 4th side, the one closest to the entrance, was the prayer hall. However archaic it might appear, it is generally considered to be the oldest mosque of North Africa.
The Sousse Ribat was built at the end of the VIIIth century. Its architectural style is broadly inspired by the style of the Byzantines who preceded the Arab conquerors on African soil. In fact, building materials reclaimed from Antiquity were extensively used in the construction of the monument.
Behind the sturdy crenellated walls surmounted by a watchtower that also served as a minaret, the building is built on two levels opening on a courtyard entirely bordered with arcaded porticos. The upper level contained the austere cells of “solider-monks”, while the entire southern wing is occupied by the vast prayer room.
Sousse (Arabic سوسة Sousa), is a city of Tunisia. Located 140 km south of Tunis, the city has 173, 047 inhabitants (2004). It is in the central-east of the country, on the Gulf of Hammamet, which is a part of the Mediterranean Sea. The name may be of Berber origin: similar names are found in Libya and in the south of Morocco (Bilād al-Sūs). It is the capital of Sousse Governorate with 540,000 inhabitants (2005 estimate). The main economic activities of Sousse are tourism and fishing. Industries produce transport equipment, canned sardines and other sorts of processed food, olive oil and textiles. The port is involved in exports and imports and Sousse serves as a commercial center. The surrounding area produces olives and esparto grass on a large scale. It is home to the Université de Sousse (or Université de Monastir). Sousse is the most important junction for overland communications in Tunisia, both by road and rail. The city shares an international airport with Monastir.
The landmark of Sousse is the Great Mosque and the ribat, both from the 9th century. Sousse is extended to the north with a touristic zone, the Port El Kantaoui, which stretches for several kilometres along the beach. Source: Looklex /Tunisia & wikipedia & patrimoinedetunisie.com)
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snunney (78855) 2011-02-20 2:01
Calm and peace seems to reign here as no doubt it did all those centuries ago. The image is well composed and has excellent depth; the viewer is drawn through the archway and transported to the door at the far end. Lovely warm tones and excellent sharpness. Have a very pleasant Sunday.
lousat (71485) 2011-02-20 2:04
Aaah! This city is my second home and i been there 5 times...and it's nice to see this beautiful and long perpsectvie from the old ribat,fantastic light balance,warm colors and excellent sharpness too.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.
edgarjediza (584) 2011-02-20 2:10
Beautiful perspective and nice composition! It could have more attractive if there is someone standing or sitting on one of the doors...
besnard (51826) 2011-02-20 2:14
Il est superbe ce cloitre tant par les formes que par les couleurs. Une trčs belle image. Bravo.
Merci pour le partage et bon dimanche.
JFS (32459) 2011-02-20 3:17
Intriguing and calid atmosphere, and quiet! I like the cut very much.
siudzi (31831) 2011-02-20 3:29
Extremely good shot with great perspective and perfect light management. Very good quality of that work. Congrats!
siamesa (27703) 2011-02-20 3:41
Bom dia George
You captured the magic atmosphere of this place. Perfect management of shadows and lights. Excellent capture. TFS
jurek1951 (40949) 2011-02-20 4:04
Beautiful color tones and composition.Very interesting perspective,
timecapturer (44525) 2011-02-20 4:27
a striking and magical glow that seems to make the perspective all the more intriguing. Perfectly sharp with excellent DOF and chosen POV. Love the symmetry it pulls you into the shot. Well done, impressive shot!
JCG (35129) 2011-02-20 4:29
A beautiful use of the light here to give very pleasant hot colors and to emphasize the perspective and the depth of this cloister. A beautiful photograph of atmosphere and thank you George for your interestinf note.
With all my friendships and excellent Sunday,
Sergiom (53863) 2011-02-20 5:56
J'aime beaucoup cette enfilade d'arches dorées qui forment une belle ligne de fuite dans l'image. La perspective est fantastique et dégage beaucoup d'atmosphčre.
dkmurphys (45897) 2011-02-20 6:44
Interesting arcade composition, a true picturesque and mysterious place. Well seen, good catch.
Have a nice Sunday evening.
saxo042 (36728) 2011-02-20 9:48
A very good POV with the repetition of arches in uniform colours. A very harmonic picture and an interesting note as well!
npecanhuk (60246) 2011-02-20 11:28
Very nice and interesting picture!
Special regards to the vertical format, composition and colors!
TFS - congrats,
bona (12201) 2011-02-20 12:59
Great photo. I'm thinking how was the life in the time that this place is was constructed. The architecture of this mosque is very beautiful.
Lovely point of view.
mauro61 (52623) 2011-02-20 14:12
effettivamente una ambientazione molto particolare esaltata dalla bellezza del colore.
Ottimo il luci-ombre della scena,
ibahadir (298) 2011-02-20 16:35
Great shot of this building. I like the colours and the sharpness. Well composed too. Best regards.
SnapRJW (28921) 2011-02-20 22:07
Hello george - Now here the light capture is fabulous, wonderful tones throughout the image. Your composition is classic. Super. Best wishes Rosemary
jjcordier (72680) 2011-02-20 22:55
Une jolie perspective et des couleurs chaudes pour cette belle photo du Ribat de Sousse.
csabagaba (6554) 2011-02-21 2:51
Nagyon hangulatos fotó. És a kicsit jobb oldali nézőpont jól kiválasztott. Az építők jól kezelték a boltíveket és az anyaghasználat, valamint a felületstruktúrák is egyediek. Szépek a színek és az árnyékok jól kiadják a felületstruktúrákat és a konstrukciót.
Olvasgatom a híreket, mit mondjak, nem túl megnyugtatóak. Tényleg nem tudom, mi lesz ebből, mert - az arab műveltségem rendkívül szegényes politikai szempontból,- de nem látok az irányt, hogy a jelenlegi zavargulások milyen irányba szeretnék vinni a dolgokat. Úgy érzem a hírekből, hogy ezt a sokkal elhivatottabb elemzők és politikusok sem tudják. Bízom benne, hogy nem valami elcseszett keméynvonalas sííta irányba mennek a dolgok, mert akkor a területnek annyi. ezek a népek többet érdemelnének.
Szép napot és meleget.
Schnappilic (9686) 2011-02-21 11:55
Beautiful perspectiveand composition, warm colours, cool sensation. Great work!
vasilpro (40709) 2011-02-21 13:23
Wonderful composition, interesting architectural details, beautiful arches, lovely light and colors, excellent POV and presentation, very good DOF.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
Graal (95107) 2011-02-23 0:16
Jó napot George,
nice perspective and game of light with shadows. An interesting place. Good presentation. Well photowork.
Have a nice day.
abmdsudi (38884) 2011-02-25 8:05
The perspective really impressed me, thanks to your excellent viewpoint and composition. The diagonal and repeated verticals of the building coloums really boost the depth greatly. Impressive architecture with lovely patterns and good textures. Excellent exposure with nice soft shadows in lovely warm light. Crispy sharp throughout and fine contrats. Simply
gorgeous shot. Congrats
paninho (2931) 2011-03-03 10:15
J'aime beaucoup ces lumičres diffuses sur les murs dorés! Excellente perspective et trčs bonne définition!
Félicitations pour ce bon travail George!
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-10
- Categories: Castles, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-02-20 1:45