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Medina of Sousse
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 800–909
Date of Inscription: 1988
Location: Africa, Tunisia, Gouvernorat de Sousse
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Description: During the Aghlabid period of 800 to 909, Sousse was a central commercial and military port; now it stands as a characteristic example of a town dating from the first centuries of Islam. Sousse was an element of a coastal defence system, with its kasbah, ramparts, medina (with the Great Mosque), Bu Ftata Mosque and classic ribat (equally a fort and a religious building). --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Sousse (Arabic سوسة Susa), is a city of Tunisia. Located 140 km south of Tunis, the city has 220,000 inhabitants (2003 estimate). It is in the central-east of the country, on the Gulf of Hammamet, which is a part of the Mediterranean Sea. The name may be of Berber origin: similar names are found in Libya and in the south of Morocco (Bilād al-Sūs). It is the capital of Sousse Governorate with 540,000 inhabitants (2005 estimate). Its economy is based on transport equipment, processed food, olive oil, textiles and tourism. It is home to the University of Sousse. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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