From coast to desert during the Festival of Sacrifice
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December 8th, 2008 – by: Jeroenadmiraal
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.
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...
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