The shady Avenue Bourguiba and the Clock tower, Tunis
Avenue Bourguiba is the centre of Tunis in every way. People converge here from all over the city to sit in cafés, stroll under the trees, buy a posy made of jasmine buds – above all, just to see and be seen. There's something very Continental about it that's quite at odds with the Medina's cramped narrow streets. The further you go along Avenue Bourguiba from the Medina, the stronger the European influence on the architecture. Both Avenue de Paris and its continuation, Avenue de la Liberté, have some wonderful examples of colonial buildings, although things get more sombre towards the end of Avenue de la Liberté, as you move into a zone of embassies and government buildings.
It’s hard to miss, the metal clock tower in the center of Tunis. Build on the eastern end of Avenue Habib Bourguiba with tt’s 38 meters in length it is placed to commemorate 7 November Independence Day.
The clock tower is build in mashrabiyya style from bronze coloured steel. The fountain in front of the clock tower is illuminated during the night or on special occassions.
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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carlosmarin (11954) 2011-02-21 3:21
Nice daily life scene on the Avenue Bourguiba of Tunisia.
Good frame with clock tower in the background. Beautiful colors and light.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-02-21 3:33
Nice street scene with that clock tower all the way back. Like the lined trees on either side.
npecanhuk (66382) 2011-02-21 3:42
A very attractive street photo!
Lots of people there! A lovely boulevard!
Sharpness, exposure, chosen pov, colors, contrasts, horizontal format, composition, black & white borders and pp are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
snunney (84983) 2011-02-21 3:55
A good capture of this wide busy avenue, where there are also lots of hotels I seem to remember. The image has a good depth with the clock tower making an attractive focal point to which the eyes are guided by the rows of trees.
dkmurphys (50032) 2011-02-21 4:29
A nice and very turistic place. Fine atmosphere, beautiful POV. The whole scene is very attractive. Well seen, have a nice afternoon.
Sergiom (61242) 2011-02-21 5:10
Il est plaisant de voir que ces jeunes sont maintenant débarassés de Ben Ali et que le mur qui se dressait devant leur avenir est maintenant levé.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-02-21 5:28
The picture is full of life and gaiety nice to see. The exposure control is excellent as the quality. Bravo.
Have a nice day
ktanska (24950) 2011-02-21 11:54
The atmosphere is certainly Parisian on this one. Even the clock tower seems to imitate the famous obelisk. Beautiful weather, well working symmetric framing. Smiling faces there at that day, I wonder what's the status quo. There's so much happening in Northern Africa at the moment.
bona (12909) 2011-02-21 13:15
Great photo of this avenue with so much people, a very busy place. The clock tower in th BG call my attention with the golden pyramid top.
I like the trees in the scene.
siamesa (27743) 2011-02-21 14:36
Boa noite George
Very nice scene. Beautiful people and a peaceful street. Very well done.
batalay (35747) 2011-02-21 16:53
Excellent photo from the summer of 2009, informed by a very good note. I'd love to hear about your take on Tunisia, and the rest of the Moslem World.
asajernigan (21298) 2011-02-22 2:48
This is a nice shot of this lively scene. The road leads the eye through the shot to the clock tower. The trees provide excellent framing for the shot. The people in the foreground add nice points of interest. The lighting and colors are fine as is the photo's sharpness.
paura (47166) 2011-02-22 3:54
Um dia festivo muito bem mostrado, amigo. Linda imagem.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-09
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-02-21 2:38