Photographer's Note

Brief History of Hammamet:

Located 65km south east of Tunis on the northern peninsular of Cap Bon, Hammamet coastal town was known as Pupput to the Romans, and it was the stopping point on the Roman road from Carthage to Hadremetum, present day Sousse in the south. This settlement became a Roman Colony in 2nd century and was renowned in Roman times for its thermal baths. In 904AD the power changed hand to the Arabs during Islamic conquest of North Africa, thus the name Hammamet means 'Al-hammamat or the baths' in Arabic. The most prominent landmark of Hammamet is the 'medina 'or the old city, perfectly shaped walled city built right on a beach which dates back to 12th century built under the reign of the Hafsids. A long period of decline followed, which lasted until the 17th Century when power changed hands to the Ottoman Turks and eventually to the French in 19th century until March 1956.

Today, Hammamet is also known as the “Tunisian Saint Topez” is one of the most popular beach resorts in Tunisia and one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean. Setting foot within the 'medina' old town is just like stepping back in time as you wander past donkeys and street vendors in the town's narrow 'souks'. By day the golden beaches stretch towards infinity welcoming tourists from all over the world and at sundown this little town transforms into a brilliant and marvelous town.

A late afternoon visit to Hammamet in some stormy weather gave me a great opportunity to shoot some dramatic sky over the popular crescent beach. Shot taken from top of the 'medina' old city wall. Exposed on the foreground area and balanced by Cokin Gradual Neutral Grey G1-P120 filter.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6680 W: 150 N: 14602] (64343)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2010-11-27
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/20.0, 1/60 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-02-17 8:11
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