Historical walls, Sousse
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.
9th century BCE: The town is founded by the Phoenicians, and is called Hadrumetum.
2nd century BCE: The city allies itself with the Romans against Carthage. It becomes later part of the Roman Empire, and the name is slightly changed into Hadrumentum.
5th century CE: Destroyed by the Vandals, but settlements continued. Called Hunerikopolis.
6th century: Byzantium takes control, and names the city Justinianopolis.
7th century: Arabs take over control of the city, and names it Sūsa.
9th century: Main sea port for the Aghlabid dynasty and their capital of Kairouan.
827: Outlet for the launching of Aghlabid invasion of Sicily.
12th century: A Norman occupation, but this is only short lived.
16th century: Spanish occupation.
18th century: Bombardments from both France and Venice.
Late 19th century: The French make additions to the port facilities of Sousse, making it one of the main ports of this part of Tunisia.
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lousat (95982) 2011-03-06 2:19
Hi George,another beautiful composition from Sousse,whit this arch as a natural border.Very impressive sharpness and natural colors,and an excellent light balance too.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano
snunney (104837) 2011-03-06 3:05
The old gateway makes a good frame for the daily life scene beyond, I like the lively atmosphere and the tones and textures to be observed in the weather worn walls. Have a good Sunday.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-03-06 3:37
Another lovely shot seen through the arch. You have captured the partial street scene very well. The tone and the color are very impressive.
Sergiom (86147) 2011-03-06 6:11
J'ai eu le grand plaisir de visiter Sousse et de plus c'était la première vraie belle journée du voyage,donc le souvenir en est plus vif, surtout au niveau de la lumière qui ressemble beaucoup à celle-ci.
holmertz (57483) 2011-03-06 7:37
The traditional gate frames the composition excellently and gives us a good look towards the maze of the old city with its colourful life. The panted figures and letters are nice details, among others.
siamesa (28123) 2011-03-06 11:52
Boa tarde George
Excellent class of History and a very nice picture.Very well registered ths scene through the gate.
Schnappilic (9692) 2011-03-06 12:35
Good idea to capture the street life through this archway. TFS!
vasilpro (41661) 2011-03-06 14:45
Wonderful daily life composition, beautiful view through that arch, a gate from a world to another, excellent management of the strong light, very good contrast, lovely colors.
Have a nice week, Vasilis.
hispic (9652) 2011-03-06 19:18
Jó reggelt Kedves György,
Very nice capture of a scene where present and the past exist together. historical architectures with graffiti, cars, modern general shop and so on.
i've seen a lot of similar scene in also Morocco.
Have a nice day, Hisashi
dkmurphys (62919) 2011-03-07 0:58
The everyday life seen through the great past. Fine arcade composition, well done.
Have a nice day.
Royaldevon (41865) 2011-03-07 2:18
Good Morning George,
An interesting history to this large city.
You have found a good pov, where the historic arch creates a fine, natural frame to the busy, daily scene.
The f/g walls are nicely detailed.
My warm regards,
mauro61 (52857) 2011-03-07 2:20
scene di vita quotidiana racchiuse all'interno della grande porta.
Ottima la resa della luce e colori brillanti.
Perfetto come sempre il POV con il suo taglio stretto,
npecanhuk (77017) 2011-03-08 4:25
Very nice and interesting picture!
Sharpness, exposure, chosen pov, colors, vertical format, black & white borders, overall pp, contrasts and composition with that arch and life going on being are all truly excellent!
TFS - congrats,
COSTANTINO (68250) 2011-03-09 10:53
thanks for your useful notes and this
nice composition,photo with a great
lightness and sharpness
many interesting details
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-10
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-03-06 2:18