01/ - Tunisia: Matmata, Colosseum of El Jem, Monastir (birthplace of Bourguiba) with a nice “Ribat”

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  • Villaggio troglodita di Matmata
  • Villaggio troglodita di Matmata
  • Villaggio troglodita di Matmata
  • El Jem: il Colosseo
  • Villaggio troglodita di Matmata
  • El Jem: il Colosseo
  • El Jem: il Colosseo
  • El Jem: il Colosseo
  • El Jem: il Colosseo
  • Monastir
  • Monastir

We visited the troglodyte village of Matmata , with the houses dug underground.

From the surface you can see huge circular craters (approx. 12-meter diameter and 8-meter depth) which can be accessed through a tunnel. The tunnel  is open on one side, due to height variations of the ground.

In the bottom of the crater, there is the courtyard with the openings of numerous rooms .

The rooms have a variety of uses: bedrooms, kitchen , warehouses and pet shelter.

We left Matmata and reached the coastal road. We passed Sfax and we arrived at the small village of El Jem where there is an amphitheatre that is so wide that only the Colosseum of Rome and Capua are bigger than it. It dates back to the second century and stands out for its yellow and red stone as the majority of the Roman monuments of Tunisia.

During the Roman times, El Jem was a city of 40.000 inhabitants.

At sunset we arrived at Monastir, a city famous for being the birthplace of Bourguiba, the Tunisian president from 1957 to 1987 .

It is beautiful the Ribat (which  looks more like a fortress than a monastery) sheer to the  sea as its mosque.

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