"Sousse - Medina" Tunisia Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

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The Medina, situated on rising ground above the harbour in Sousse, is surrounded by a 2.25km/1.5miles circuit of walls built in 859 and renovated and strengthened in 874 and 1205. The massive blocks of dressed stone in the walls came from ancient Roman buildings. There were originally six gates, of which two survive: Bab el Khabli on the south side and Bab el Gharbi on the west. The gate on the east side, Bab el Djedid, dates only from 1864. Measuring 1km by about 500m, the Medina of Sousse is one of the finest examples of Arab architecture in Tunisia, preserved almost unchanged over the centuries. Within the walls lie some 24 mosques (12 for men and 12 for women), including the Grand Mosque, the Ribat and many souqs including stalls selling fruit and vegetables.

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  • Written Aug 30, 2008
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