Sousse (Arabic: سوسة Sūsa, Berber: Susa) is a city in Tunisia. Located 140 km south of the capital Tunis, the city has 173,047 inhabitants (2004). Sousse 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). The city is the capital of Sousse Governorate with 540,000 inhabitants (2005 estimate). Its economy is based on transport equipment, processed food, olive oil, textiles and tourism.
To the south of the Ribat in Sousse is the picturesque Rue el Aghalba, which runs past the Great Mosque to the west side of the Medina. Off this street, on the left, opens Rue d'Angleterre, which leads south for some 250m/275yds to Souk el Reba (to the right). This is the beginning of the large souk quarter, partly roofed over, a scene of busy and colorful activity with all the atmosphere of the Orient. The most interesting parts are the side alleys, where the goods on display are not so evidently designed to appeal to tourists.
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