The Bourghiba Mausoleum

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Some weeks ago I stayed for a week in a resort in Tunisia near Monastir. A city rich in history and interesting monuments. All the photos in this article were taken with my trusty Lomo LC-A camera! Read on!

Monastir is a city on the central coast of Tunisia, 20km south of Sousse and 160km far from Tunis. This city was built on the ruins of the Punic-Roman city of Ruspina, and was traditionally a fishing port. In the last thirty years, with the growth of tourism, its governatorate became a great touristic place!

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One morning in July, I took a taxi to reach Monastir from my holiday resort, situated 8km north, in the locality of Skanes. When I entered Monastir, I saw a great avenue, directed towards the Bourghiba Mausoleum. With my trusty Lomo LC-A I took some photos:

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The Mausoleum was built in a style that remembers the architecture of the Mosques, and it is the burial place of former President Habib Bourghiba (1903-2000).

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The entrance is free and inside you can see his grave and some personal objects and photos of his life.

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Outside there are other buildings and memorials of Tunisian soldiers:

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On the other side of the road there is an Islamic cemetery. The burials are all directed towards the Holy City of Mecca:

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On the background of the cemetery you can see the Ribat, an eighth century fortress, that had a starring role in Monty Python’s comedy ‘Life of Brian’.

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A few steps outside the Ribat there is a wonderful garden;

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and the Big Mosque of the city:

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Walking towards the Mosque you’ll reach the narrow streets of the Medina:

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Here you can find many shops with local products and souvenirs. A small city, very pleasant to visit!

References;
1. Wikipedia, Monastir
2. Wikipedia, Bourghiba
3. Come to Tunisia
4. Tripadvisor

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written by sirio174 on 2012-07-26 in #world #locations #ribat #select-type-of-location #monastir #requested-post #bourghiba #art-and-culture #mausoleum #tunisia #summer #mosque

One Comment

  1. guanatos
    guanatos ·

    great article of a very interesnting place

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