"A church in Houmt Souk?" Houmt Souk Things to Do Tip by barryg23

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  Church in Houmt Souk
by barryg23
 
 

Not many Christians live on Jerba nowadays (though I'm sure plenty visit) so it's quite a surprise to see a Church in Houmt Souk. I imagined this building was a legacy of the French colonisation but, in fact, it dates from the 19th Century when Jerba had a significant Christian population, running to several thousands by the end of the century. These were mostly Italians and Maltese, attracted to the island by the sponge fishing. By independene in the 1950s most of the Christian population had left. I doubt if the church is still used for religious purposes but it's a nice enough building in traditional Jerban colours and makes an interesting contrast to the numerous mosques in the town.

Address: Rue Ghazi Mustapha
Directions: Near the Mosque of the Turks, off Place d'Algerie

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  • Updated Apr 22, 2006
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