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Despite the turmoil around it, Sousse's character had retained the solidly Arabian look and feel it had assumed in the centuries after Islam's wars of conquest. Today it is considered one of the best examples of seaward-facing fortifications built by the Arabs. Its ribat, a soaring structure that combined the purposes of a minaret and a watch tower, is in outstanding condition and draws visitors from around the world.
Sousse was the site of Chess interzonal in 1967 which was made famous when American Grandmaster Bobby Fischer walked out of the tournament even though he was in first place at the time.
These days, Sousse, with a population of more than 540,000, retains a medieval heart of narrow, twisted streets, a kasbah and medina, its ribat fortress and long wall on the Mediterranean. Surrounding it is a modern city of long, straight roads and more widely spaced buildings.
For more: Sousse, Wikipedia

The Berber tribes were the original inhabitants of Tunisia until the coastal regions of the country were settled by Phoenicians in tenth century B.C. This was followed by a series of invasion by different foreign powers that included the Carthage, Roman Empire, Vandals and Byzantines. The Arabs arrived with the influence of Islam in seventh century and founded Al Qayrawan. Despite Berber rebellions, the Muslim dynasties of the Aghlabids and of the Zirids belonging to the Berber followers of the Fatimids prospered over Tunisia. After brief invasion by Moroccan rulers, the Ottoman Empire was established within 1570–1574. French troops occupied the country in 1881 and a French protectorate was declared on May 12, 1881. The Tunisian independence was achieved in 1956 and the Constituent Assembly deposed the bey or Tunisian ruler on July 25, 1957 to establish Tunisia as a republic.
For more: Tunisia, Allcountries

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