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Location - North Africa; Capital - Tunis; Population - 10 million; Currency - Tunisia Dinar MORE TUNISIA

I headed further south to visit the ksour (fortified storehouses) near Tataouine - March 2008


tunnoteThe Tunisian Dinar









tun188Ksar Ouled Soltane is an ancient granary store south east of Tataouine in southern Tunisia



tun194Ksour (the plural of ksar or qasr) were used to store the valuable grains and foodstuffs in a town, protecting them from plunder - Ksar Ouled Soltane


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tun195Ksar Ouled Soltane probably dates back to the 15th century














tun198Ksar Ouled Soltane was used as a set in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace


















tun200The 4 storeys of Ksar Ouled Soltane



tun203The storage rooms that constitute a ksar are called ghorfas - Ksar Ouled Soltane



tun205Steps lead to the ghorfas. Note the olive oil storage jar - Ksar Ouled Soltane

















tun206Ghorfas of Ksar Ouled Soltane

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tun212In the south of Tataouine itself is 15th century Ksar Megabla, in a greater state of decay than Ksar Ouled Soltane














tun211Ksar Megabla, Tataouine














tun216I was hoping to stay the night at a converted ksar, 17th century Ksar Metameur, just outside Medenine but unfortunately it was closed for maintenance



tun215Some of the ghorfas have been converted to basic sleeping accommodation - Ksar Metameur



tun218The 9th century medina walls of Sfax














tun220One of the souqs inside Sfax's ancient medina














tun226Boulevard Republique in the new town leads to the medina - Sfax



tun234The colosseum at El-Jem, the 3rd largest in the Roman empire














tun227The colosseum was built in the 3rd century AD - El-Jem














tun228Colosseum, El-Jem



tun229El-Jem colosseum



tun245Colosseum archways - El-Jem



















tun253Walking to the amphitheatre at El-Jem colosseum














tun244The colosseum could hold around 30,000 spectators - El-Jem



tun247Near the top tier of El-Jem colosseum



tun246The outer walls of the colosseum - El-Jem


















tun252The underground area housed the wild animals, slaves and gladiators - El-Jem















tun239Surrounding the colosseum is a colonnade of shops and cafes - El-Jem



tun265Mahdia old and new, as seen from Borj el-Kebir, with the Great Mosque in the centre














tun267Looking to the Mediterranean from the fortress of Borj el-Kebir, Mahdia















tun264The old Fatimid port, beyond the cemetery in Mahdia's old quarter



tun262Place Khadi en-Noamine in Mahdia's medina



tun256aThere's several cafes at Place du Caire, Mahdia














tun269The cobbled streets of Mahdia's medina














tun258The sun sets on Mahdia



tun272The beachfront at Monastir, dominated by the ribat. It featured in Monty Python's Life of Brian.













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tun274A fantastic view from my beachside hotel room at Sousse



tun278Boujaffar beach is a long stretch of sand at Sousse



tun300The entrance to the medina at Place des Martyrs, Sousse














tun289There's great views of the city from the ribat's watchtower - Sousse

















tun293The Great Mosque and port as seen from the ribat - Sousse



tun294Looking in the opposite direction, the kasbah (fort) towers over the medina - Sousse



tun297There's plenty of shops in the souqs of Sousse medina















tun305The Saloon Steakhouse is a restaurant/bar in the 'zone touristique' - Sousse














tun314The marina at Port el-Kantaoui, a few kilometres down the road from Sousse



tun308A pirate ship waits for tourists at Port el-Kantaoui marina



tun310Port el-Kantaoui marina


















tun315One of the smaller beaches at Port el-Kantaoui














tun322Kairouan's Great Mosque. Kairouan is said to be the 4th holiest site in the Muslim world (after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem)



tun326The Great Mosque, Kairouan



tun325An ornate door in Kairouan's medina


















tun329Searching for the front door key, Kairouan medina



tun331The quiet Friday lunchtime streets in Kairouan medina



tun334Kairouan medina














tun335Hotel la Kasbah occupies the former kasbah of Kairouan















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