Getting back to the coast

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Minaret

After spending almost a week in the dry interior of the country I get back to the coast and out here the landscape is much greener than what I have gotten used to in the dry land far from the coast. I am staying in a small city at the coast called Mahdia. The city used to be an important city under the Fatimid caliphate who founded the city back in 916. They used the city as a base from where they could plan there further exploits which led to the conquest of Cairo.

 

The city back then must have been a formidable base it used to be located on a small peninsula with a big wall around it protecting the city from attacks both from land and sea. The Fatimid left the city in 947 after staying in the city for just under 30 years. Afterwards other people went in to occupy the old medina which crew to a thriving city and in the 14th century the city had become the richest city of the area.

 

The old medina is still occupied by locals but the city has grown outside the old walled city.

The mosque in the sunset
Today you can see lots of big hotels along the water outside the old city. I guess this city will see thousands of tourists during the summer season. But in early January the hotels is pretty dead - and there are only a few tourist in the city.

 

I get down to the city to see the sunset and the sunrise - not at the same time even though it would have been convenient - there are always something special when you can watch a the sun going down or up over the sea. When you walk along the coast of the peninsula you can see the remains of the wall which used to protect the city against attacks from the sea.

 

The main building in the old city is the main fort on the tip of the peninsula it is dominating the area. Outside the fort is a cemetery which covers the rest of the area on the tip of the peninsula. It is a bit surprising to see a cemetery taking up such a big area which must be the most valuable property off the entire area. Some of the graves seem to be very old but others are only a couple of years old - hence the cemetery is still in use to this day.

 

Inside the main city the big attraction is the great mosque. Originally the mosque was built by the Fatimids but it was destroyed - hence the present mosque is a recreation of later day. The mosque is a bit strange since it is one of the few mosque which do not have a minaret attaches. It used to have a minaret but it was destroyed and never reconstructed.

 

Right next to the great mosque is a small café. The café is attached to a sort of museum which is the centered around an inner courtyard with beautiful rooms around the courtyard. The rooms are beautiful with nice old furniture and nice wood carvings. I leave this pretty old place to go to one of the really old and impressive places in this country.

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Minaret
Minaret
Sunset in the city
Sunset in the city
The mosque in the sunset
The mosque in the sunset
The main mosque
The main mosque
Sunset
Sunset
Is it a sheep or a footrest?
Is it a sheep or a footrest?
Its a sheep
Its a sheep
The fort of Mahdia
The fort of Mahdia
The fort of Mahdia
The fort of Mahdia
The light tower and the graveyard
The light tower and the graveyard
The graveyard down at the sea
The graveyard down at the sea
Remains of the old wall around the…
Remains of the old wall around th…
Tombs
Tombs
Tombstone at the graveyard
Tombstone at the graveyard
Tombstone at the graveyard
Tombstone at the graveyard
Remains of the old wall
Remains of the old wall
Remains of the old wall
Remains of the old wall
The lighthouse
The lighthouse
The lighthouse
The lighthouse
The lighthouse
The lighthouse
Remains of the old wall
Remains of the old wall
The tip of the peninsula with Mahd…
The tip of the peninsula with Mah…
The tip of the peninsula with Mahd…
The tip of the peninsula with Mah…
Mosque in the city at night
Mosque in the city at night
Mosque in the city at night
Mosque in the city at night
The entrance to the old city at ni…
The entrance to the old city at n…
Just before sunrise
Just before sunrise
Just before sunrise
Just before sunrise
Just before sunrise
Just before sunrise
Just before sunrise
Just before sunrise
Just before sunrise
Just before sunrise
Just before sunrise
Just before sunrise
Just before sunrise
Just before sunrise
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Sunrise
Sunrise
Sunrise
Sunrise
Sunrise
Fort at sunrise
Fort at sunrise
Sunrise
Sunrise
Sunrise
Sunrise
Sunrise
Sunrise
The fort at sunrise
The fort at sunrise
The fort at sunrise
The fort at sunrise
Cannon in front of the fort
Cannon in front of the fort
The walls of the fort
The walls of the fort
Area in front of the fort where th…
Area in front of the fort where t…
The fort
The fort
Door in the old city
Door in the old city
Minerat in the morning
Minerat in the morning
Minerat in the morning
Minerat in the morning
Doors in the old city
Doors in the old city
View at the coast of the old city
View at the coast of the old city
View from the fort
View from the fort
The courtyard of the fort
The courtyard of the fort
The courtyard of the fort
The courtyard of the fort
View from the fort
View from the fort
View from the fort
View from the fort
View from the fort
View from the fort
The fort from the inside
The fort from the inside
The fort from the inside
The fort from the inside
View from the roof of the fort
View from the roof of the fort
The fort from the inside
The fort from the inside
The fort from the inside
The fort from the inside
Entrance to the medina
Entrance to the medina
Entrance to the medina
Entrance to the medina
Cafe in the city
Cafe in the city
The courtyard of the main mosque
The courtyard of the main mosque
Inside the main mosque
Inside the main mosque
Inside the main mosque
Inside the main mosque
Street in the old city
Street in the old city
Old house in the old city
Old house in the old city
Old house in the old city
Old house in the old city
Old house in the old city
Old house in the old city
Inner courtyard in the house
Inner courtyard in the house
Shishas
Shishas
Old house in the old city
Old house in the old city
Inner courtyard in the old house
Inner courtyard in the old house
Old house in the old city
Old house in the old city
Old house in the old city
Old house in the old city
Old house in the old city
Old house in the old city
Cafe in the old house
Cafe in the old house
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