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Sousse is one of the older towns in Tunisia, located on the East Coast and about 140 km south of the capital, Tunis. Sousse possesses an authentic medina which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.
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Key Facts & Information
- In the 11th century, Tyrians established Hadrumetum to act as a trading post and waypoint along their trade routes to Italy and the Strait of Gibraltar.
- Sousse was an important port and commercial center that originated as the Phoenician settlement of Hadrumetum.
- Sousse was used by Hannibal as his base during the Second Punic War.
- After it changed its allegiance during the Third Punic War, Sousse became a free town.
- Sousse declined under Arab control.
- Sousse was revived by the Aghlabid rulers of Kairouan and reestablished near the ruins of Hadrumetum.
- In the 16th century, Sousse fell to the Ottoman Empire and was bombarded by a French and Venetian fleet in the 18th century.
- In 1881, Tunisia became a French protectorate.
- Sousse was reestablished as a prominent port.
- During World War II, the town and its port were heavily damaged.
- Since the 1960s, reconstruction of the town has been the focus of their tourism.
- Sousse is the third-largest town in Tunisia after Tunis, the capital, and Sfax.
- Olive oil manufacture is one of the largest industries in Sousse, with an olive grove covering an area of over 965 square miles.
- Tourism is also one of the largest industries in Sousse.
- Sousse is considered a popular tourist spot because of its hot, semi-arid climate.
- Sousse is also a popular tourist destination due to its nightlife.
- Well-known nightclubs in Sousse include Bora Bora, Living Rediguana, Platinum, and The Saloon.
- Tourists also love Sousse because just across the main road is the beach, which is usually crowded during the peak season.
- Boujaafar, the beach at the city end of Sousse, is a good place for swimming and sunbathing.
- The tower of Ribat is the city’s major landmark, located northwest of Sousse’s Great Mosque.
- The solid walls of Ribat protected the population from invasion and served as bases for offensive and defensive actions.
- Kasbah is one of Sousse’s greatest monuments, built in AD 859 on the site of an earlier Byzantine fortress.
- After the construction of Kasbah, it took over the military role of the Ribat and stands at the highest point in Sousse.
- The Sousse Archeological Museum contains the largest collection of antiquities in Tunisia after Tunis’ Bardo Museum.
- The exhibits in the Sousse Archeological Museum herald from the Punic, Roman, and early Christian periods.
- The Sousse Great Mosque was built a few years after the re-foundation of the town by the Aghlabids.
- The Sousse Great Mosque originally had two defensive towers, guarding the harbor in earlier centuries.
- The Souk District is popular with tourists as it is a good place for shopping.
- The striking octagonal minaret of Zaouia Zakkak is one of the attractive qualities of this structure.
- The Zaouia Zakkak complex is composed of a mosque, a madrassa, and a mausoleum.
- The Zaouia Zakkak is regarded as the city’s finest surviving example of Ottoman-era architecture.
- The Catacombs of Sousse were believed to have been built as hiding places for Christians during the time of persecution under the Romans.
- The tunnels of the Catacombs of Sousse originally stretched further than 5 kilometers and contained 15,000 graves.
MEDINA OF SOUSSE
- The Medina of Sousse, located in the Tunisian Sahel, constitutes a harmonious archaeological complex which reflects Arabo-Muslim urbanism applied to a coastal town.
- The Medina of Sousse was built at the dawn of Islamic civilization, making it one of the earliest constructions after the Islamic conquests in the Maghreb.
- The Medina of Sousses encompasses a Kasbah, fortifications, the Great Mosque of Sousse, and the Archeological Museum of Sousse.
- In 1988, the Medina of Sousse was declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
MORE FACTS ABOUT SOUSSE
- Sousse has had many names throughout ancient history, including Hadrumetum, Hunericopolis, Justiniana, and Susa.
- Sousse has its own seal and flag.
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