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The Bourghiba Mausoleum

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!

Photo by sirio174

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:

Photo by sirio174

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).

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

Photo by sirio174

Outside there are other buildings and memorials of Tunisian soldiers:

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

Photo by sirio174

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’.

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

Photo by sirio174

and the Big Mosque of the city:

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

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

1 comment

  1. guanatos

    guanatos

    great article of a very interesnting place

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