Shady narrow streets, 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.
Unusually, the streets of the Medina are mainly laid out on a rectangular plan, presumably inherited from the Roman town.
Rue Mongi Slim runs through the Medina from south to north. In Rue de la Driba, which goes off on the right, are a number of houses with handsome and imposing doorways; and in a side street opening off it on the left is the interesting Folk Museum.
The medina even got special quarters for old trades like locally-made jewellery and iron products.
Even better, the place is really friendly. Sfaxians are said to feel above the needs of alluring foreign visitors, but that doesn't mean that they are unfriendly. On the contrary, Sfax medina is a place where people show genuine hospitality to its guests.
The medina is of such a nice quality that it has been used as a location for international movies, like The English Patient.
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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delpeoples (52931) 2011-02-26 2:25
Szia dear Gyorgy
Another very characteristic little street you have found. I like the play of light and the excellent exposition and colours. Great job. TFS!
Kellemes napot kivanok
digbymerry (3998) 2011-02-26 2:33
Excellent framing and exposure. There is a lot of detail within the arch like the attractive old wooden ceiling and also within the narrow street beyond/
JFS (32459) 2011-02-26 3:23
Another splendid shot of these narrow streets where it is so difficult to take a shot when it is sunny...
Have a good weekend!
snunney (81885) 2011-02-26 3:43
A lovely perspective down this ancient narrow street. The people congregating around the shops contribute much to the mood of the image. The difficult lighting conditions are well managed despite the strong sunlight along the well worn pavement. Have a good weekend.
bema (26293) 2011-02-26 3:48
another famous capture od one of those impressive sight and alleywas inmidst that pretty city..
thanks for sharing. see you around, Bernd
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-02-26 4:25
Youe shots show the strret scene in a beautiful way. This one is no exception. Nicely framed with warm colors. Light management is very well done.
amaryllis (34208) 2011-02-26 4:29
ces petites ruelles de Tunisie sont superbes, de la couleur, des ombres, de la lumière, un cadrage excellent et une de plus de ta série dont on ne se lasse point
JanH (864) 2011-02-26 4:31
You did handle the light very well in this picture.
Good composition with beautiful colours and a great atmosphere. The lamp in the top left gives some extra.
npecanhuk (63604) 2011-02-26 4:38
Highlights are the chosen pov, composition, vertical format and exposure!
I love it!
TFS - congrats,
Have a great week-end,
Sergiom (57851) 2011-02-26 4:50
Très intéressante composition verticale qui donne une belle profondeur à l'image. La lumière est très belle et tous les détails sont superbes.
timecapturer (47518) 2011-02-26 5:02
a fascinating insight into street life in Tunisia, great POV and composition. Wonderful framing and light management. Excellent image!
TopGeo (38202) 2011-02-26 7:29
Hello George Nice colors and composition of old architecture with balance and symmetry in perspective
jlbrthnn (79703) 2011-02-26 8:44
The very bright photo was not very easy to succeed. Bravo thus for this very pleasant realization, and this typical scene.
Have has Nice day
vasilpro (40919) 2011-02-26 9:56
Wonderful composition, beautiful arch and narrow street with interesting architectural details, lovely light and colors, excellent POV.
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
francio64 (38276) 2011-02-26 11:52
belli e particolari questi vicoli tunisini.
Luce forte, ma ben gestita.
siamesa (27737) 2011-02-26 15:02
Boa noite George
This photo make me a desire to see The English Patient again.Fantastic capture. The ceiling is really beautiful and the shadows and lights are perfects. Congratulations. TFS
have a nice Sunday
bukitgolfb301 (35236) 2011-02-27 0:56
Hi my dear George
Excellent usage of light and shadow indeed!
Very well considerd framework / best composition and very vivid/sharp focus presentation are so wonderful as usual. The perfect touch of color and tasteful atmosphere. Thanks for sharing with your finest posting, have a good Sunday evening and best regards,
Takero from warm Tokyo (13℃)
lousat (75063) 2011-02-27 1:24
Hi George,another excellent work in a very difficult light.There is all the magic atmosphere of these places inside your pic,i hope the political situation will be back right soon to go again in my prefered country.eehehe...Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.
sandpiper (6788) 2011-02-27 2:53
Great light management, wonderful composition, great architecture
bona (12457) 2011-02-27 6:00
another beautfiful photo of this medina in Sfax. Love the light in the middle of the photo and the shadows on the walls.
dkmurphys (48088) 2011-02-27 6:45
Very beautiful capture, a nice gameplay between lights and shadows. Well seen, picturesque scene.
nikkitta (14354) 2011-02-28 17:17
Like to get lost in medinas watching and discovering places, this is well captured and natural framed two time by the arch and by you
Hope you continue posting this very interesting small places
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-08
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Typical streets [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-02-26 2:16