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Details of the facade of the Grand Mosque in Korba, a significant image to celebrate the end of Ramadan, the month of prayer and fasting of the Muslim people.
Korba, ancient Curubis, is a town in Tunisia on the eastern shore of the Cap Bon. It was the place of exile of the Carthaginian bishop Cyprian in the year leading up to his martyrdom. Modern Korba is in the Nabeul Governorate and had a population of 34,807 in 2004.
Ancient geographers and itineraries mention the town Curubis on the African coast between Clupea (modern Kelibia) and Neapolis (modern Nabeul).
The earliest historical record is an inscription from the time of the Roman civil war, which records that the Pompeian generals P. Attius Varus and C. Considius Longus fortified the town in 46 BC.In the years after the civil war the town was made a Roman colony, colonia Iulia Curubis (Pliny the Elder refers to it as libera, "free"), perhaps as part of Julius Caesar's attempt to rid his army of older soldiers and at the same time hold Africa against Pompeian forces.In the year AD 257, the Carthaginian bishop Cyprian was exiled there; his biographer Pontius, who accompanied him into exile, praises the place: "provisum esse divinitus … apricum et conpetentem locum, hospitium pro voluntate secretum et quidquid apponi eis ante promissum est, qui regnum et iustitiam dei quaerunt." ("by god's favour a sunny and appropriate place was provided, a refuge secluded as he wished, and whatever was previously promised to be set before those who seek the kingdom and justice of god").
By the year 411, Curubis, like many African towns, had its own bishop (mentioned in the proceedings of the Council of Carthage of that year). A bishop of Curubis is mentioned again in the Notitia provinciarum et civitatium Africae in the year 484, among the bishops exiled to Corsica for refusing to swear allegiance to the Vandal king Hilderic,and again in the proceedings of the Council of Carthage of the year 525.
The town had its own theatre. An inscription of the late 2nd century honours the citizen who had created it. Remains of an aqueduct survived to modern times; and the contribution to a mosaic in Ostia by shipowners of Curubis suggest that the town also possessed a port, which has not survived.
A recent account of the life in Korba may be found in Mounira Khemir's narrative "Un coin du carré bleu"


Dettagli della facciata della Grande Moschea di Korba,una immagine significativa per celebrare la fine del Ramadan,il mese di preghiera e digiuno del popolo musulmano.
Korba (arabo: قربة‎) è una città costiera della Tunisia sita nei pressi di Capo Bon e appartenente al governatorato di Nabeul. La città conta 34.807 abitanti nel 2004 ed è un importante centro turistico della regione assieme alle vicine Nabeul e Hammamet.
Korba corrisponde all'antica città romana di Curubis.
Nel 1931 vi fu costruito il primo ponte ad arco della Tunisia.

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