From coast to desert during the Festival of Sacrifice

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the theatre
Today was an incredibly busy day. Not only did we visited a record number of places and seen incredible sites, but it was also the Festival of Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha). Along the road I saw the bodies of dead sheep hanging from the trees, and sometimes a crowd of people chasing an escaped sheep (ghehehe).

Because of the festival, certain sights were closed, such as the amphitheatre of El Jem. This was really too bad, for the amphitheatre is one of Tunisia's most spectacular sights. Can you believe it? The Theatre is closed only 2 days every year, and the festival is one of them. Still, being in a muslim country during Eid al-Adha is a unique experience.

The landscape from the coast to El Jem consists mainly of olive trees.
As close as we could get
And more olive trees. I heard Tunisia has about 70 million of them. Row after row pass you by as you travel south. Real forests are a rare sight, as there are only bushes left once the olive trees stop, because the ground is so dry. But maybe you can find them in the Cap Bon area or in the North West.

The massive amphitheatre however towers above the trees and can be seen from miles around! A fantastic sight! It completely dwarves the rather uninteresting town around it. In fact the whole town revolves around this ruin. All the mayor streets lead to the amphitheatre and there are local fairytales about it. They say there is a treasure buried underneath, but noone has been able to find it. Only a special girl will, some day.

These are big ruins! Almost as big as the Colloseum of Rome. We took a long stroll around it and took it in from all sides, peeking through the fences. It was such a pity that we could not enter it...
misstravel89 says:
Wat ben ik blij dat ik niet bij dat feest was! heb al genoeg schapen gezien die lekker aan een touwtje hingen.
Posted on: Dec 17, 2008
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the theatre
the theatre
As close as we could get
As close as we could get
Its huge!
It's huge!
Ruins of El Jem.
Ruins of El Jem.
Ruins of El Jem.
Ruins of El Jem.
Weird contrast.
Weird contrast.
El Jem
photo by: EmEm