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The Medina of Sousse

Nicknamed the Pearl of the Sahel, Sousse is one of Tunisia’s major cities. Very dynamic, the city has many assets: heritage, crafts, beautiful beaches and large hotels. To discover Sousse, it makes sense to start with its medina: it is at the heart of the city and its history. Thus, the medina of Sousse has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988. Complete ramparts surrounding the medina, an exemplary casbah and ribat, lively and colorful souks: so many good reasons to set off to discover this rich inheritance.

A little history

The occupation of the region began with the Phoenicians (Hadrim) around the 11th century BC. Then the Carthaginians settled, replaced by the Romans (Hadrumète). The latter considerably developed agricultural production (notably olive oil) and port activity. In 439, the city was taken and destroyed by the Vandals (Hunericopolis). The Byzantine settle (Justinianopolis) in 535 and restore the city, including its port.

In 670, the Arabs, led by Oqba Ibn Nafi Al Fihri, besieged and took the city and called it Hadramout. Later, the city will take the name of Sousse, probably from a Berber word meaning “the city above the hill”. Most of the monuments visible today were built between 700 and 900 (Ribat, Great Mosque, Wall, Kasbah, etc.). Then competed by Tunis, Sousse retains its importance thanks to its port allowing the export of agricultural products from the region.

The Medina of Sousse in Pictures

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The Medina of Sousse on the Map