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Medina walls

By Sezz    
The Medina, situated on rising ground above the harbour in Sousse, is surrounded by 2km/1.25ml circuit of walls built in 859 and renovated and strengthened in 874 and 1205. The massive blocks of dressed stone in the walls come from ancient Roman buildings. There were originally six gates of which 2 survive : Bab el Khali on the South side and Bab el Gharbi on the west. The gate of the East side, Bab el Djedid, dates only from 1864. Measuring 700m/765yds by 500/545 yds, the Medina of Sousse is one of the finest examples of Arab architecture in Tunisia, preserved and almost unchanged over the centuries.

Thanks for your time and as always your comment/thoughts are most welcome.

Regards - Sarah x

Tags: Medina General Africa Architecture Walls D70 Tunisia Sousse

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skydivemike 17 47 Northern Ireland
9 Dec 2007 5:01PM
Brings me back to my days in Oman.

Just as we have come to expect from you Sarah "Spot on"

Mike x
Nigel_95 Plus
17 262 2 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2007 5:30PM
Well built and maintained wall. I like the textures, details and shadow, and the inclusion of the figure Sarah.

User_Removed 15 485 13 England
9 Dec 2007 6:12PM
captures the mood of the place perfectly. The colours and textures all around the woman are marvellous and the inclusion of her is inspired as the shot woudn't have the same impact without her. Great shot Sarah

Cormy 15 3 England
9 Dec 2007 6:20PM
Great image,love those textured walls and the lamp.
MickyMc 15 8 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2007 6:24PM
absolutely great candid
9 Dec 2007 6:41PM
The reflection from the light walls has served to soften the shadow area, or was the lightened manually? In any event this is a great textured shot, which is exposed perfectly. Cracking image.
Bodiewil 15 46 Wales
9 Dec 2007 7:08PM
Wonderful image Sarah, fantastic lighting and textures

TelStar 17 116 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2007 7:36PM
Lovely colours and textures; very interesting photo-journalism.

9 Dec 2007 9:37PM
What a fascinating history to accompany this splendid candid capture. You have done an admirable job here, Sarah, in composing this fleeting moment so well. I especially admire the wonderful textures and colours of the walls and how they contrast with the figures cloths. Well done!

Pegon 17 78 1 England
9 Dec 2007 9:39PM
Well captured, nice light and textures.
Chant57 17 395 3 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2007 9:45PM
Gorgeous light and texture Sarah, very well composed, and good detail in the shadows too. the fabric of the lone figures clothes contrasts well with the colour and tones of the stonework and cobbles.
Sezz 18 619 15 England
9 Dec 2007 9:49PM
Many thanks to all for your comments and clicks.
Trying to find out what the word 'Saona' means in Arabic - so far have found out it means 'disgrace', if that is the case it may explain the living quarters to the left of that wall. They were quite appaling and made me feel quite humble! If anyone knows of another translation (that is not a Dominican Republic Island) please let me know.

Regards - Sarah x
skydivemike 17 47 Northern Ireland
9 Dec 2007 11:26PM
I can confirm that Saona is the English way of spelling disgrace in Arabic.

Mike x
Sezz 18 619 15 England
9 Dec 2007 11:31PM
Thanks Mike - does perhaps add new meaning to the picture then?

Sarah x
rontear Plus
19 23 9 England
9 Dec 2007 11:39PM
Great splash of colour.Sarah. Ron.
backbeat Plus
17 134 1 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2007 4:49PM
the strong shadow adds to the image can almost feel the heat


10 Dec 2007 6:24PM
So glad to give you your 30 on this one Sez', though I know you'll get LOADS more. Love the picture, and such interesting history. Right up my street.

John Smile
PatrickSmith 18 1.2k 2 United States
11 Dec 2007 5:14PM
The high sun angle did not hurt this a bit because the sun angle on the wall is quite shallow for lots of good detail.

Sezz 18 619 15 England
11 Dec 2007 6:29PM
Thank you gentlemen.

Sarah x
oldhat 15 20 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2007 1:50PM
Looking at your portfolio, Sezzy, I can see why my 'Syracuse Alley' appealed to you today. I love the old stonework here and on several other of your images. And I'm pleased to see all the historic background, as I also want to know the history behind my pictures.
MDaniel 16 3 3 Ghana
21 Dec 2007 4:24PM
Lovely shot Sarah like this
VintageRed 17 15 1 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2008 3:19PM
Has a good feel and benefits from the inclusion of the woman.

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