Tozeur

Tozeur is an oasis and a city in south west Tunisia. The city is located North West of Chott el-Djerid, in between this Chott and the smaller Chott el-Gharsa. It is the capital of the Tozeur Governorate.

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Tozeur is an oasis and a city in south west Tunisia. The city is located North West of Chott el-Djerid, in between this Chott and the smaller Chott el-Gharsa. It is the capital of the Tozeur Governorate.

With hundreds of thousands of palm trees, Tozeur is a large oasis. The dates that are exported from Tozeur are very well known. In ancient times, before the advent of motorized vehicles, the oasis was important for the transportation through the Sahara, which took place in caravans. The name of the city in antiquity was Tusuros, it was an important Roman outpost.

In the medina (old city) of Tozeur, one can find traditional architecture, fashion and workmanship. Like elsewhere in Tunisia, the local population is generally very hospitable towards tourists, and there are also many tourist facilities. From Tozeur one can make trips on a camel, explore the Sahara Desert and get to know the Chott el-Djerid, where one can see fata Morgana's.

Tozeur, and the Jerid region (named after the leaf of the Palm tree), is very famous for its yellow/brownish brick architecture. Fascinating patterns in simple and rich geometric designs form the façades of most buildings in the old city and the new tourist zone. The old town of Ouled El Hwadef is an exquisite example of the local brick work. Mandated by the local government, the old town narrow streets, walls and facades were decorated with bricks resulting is one of the most distinct and beautiful architectural styles of Tunisia. This work took more than 10 years to complete and the result is a must see when one visits the town.

 

Weather

Although the weather is pleasant most of the year, the summer months can be extreme. Temperature can reach 45o outside. The best time to visit the region would be in the fall or the winter, where hotels are not full and the city is the middle of its palm dates harvest. In fact the international festival of oases takes place during this time of the year (Nov/Dec.).


Arts

Tozeur was used as a filming location for Mos Eisley and other places in the Star Wars saga. A great part of the movie The English Patient (9 Oscars) with Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas were filmed in Tozeur and around.

Sbeitla - Roman City

Emperor Vespasien and his sons began to develop Sbeitla after the Third Augustan Legion established a garrison at Ammaedara. The town found success in the olive industry during the 200 BC and continued to be prosperous through ...

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Emperor Vespasien and his sons began to develop Sbeitla after the Third Augustan Legion established a garrison at Ammaedara. The town found success in the olive industry during the 200 BC and continued to be prosperous through to the 3rd and 4th centuries despite the decline of the Roman Empire in many other provinces. During this time many churches were built in Sbeitla, some belonging to Rome and others to the Donatist sect. Many of these churches still stand and are regarded as some of the most impressive monuments left by the Roman Empire.

Sbeitla - Roman City

Archaeological Museum of Sousse

Sousse's excellent archaeological museum occupies the south of the Kasbah and holds one of the finest collection of mosaics in the country within its two courtyards and one room.

It also has a resident mosaicist demonstrating t...

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Sousse's excellent archaeological museum occupies the south of the Kasbah and holds one of the finest collection of mosaics in the country within its two courtyards and one room.

It also has a resident mosaicist demonstrating this painstaking work, and you can even have a go yourself! The other room houses various objects from Punic times.

Ave du Maréchal Tito, Medina, Kasbah, Sousse

 

National Museum of Carthage

The National Museum at Carthage is beside the Cathedral of St. Louis, on Byrsa Hill and holds a collection of Punic and Roman treasures, jewellery, household items, weapons, deathmasks, a marble sarcophagi as well as a model of...

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The National Museum at Carthage is beside the Cathedral of St. Louis, on Byrsa Hill and holds a collection of Punic and Roman treasures, jewellery, household items, weapons, deathmasks, a marble sarcophagi as well as a model of Punic Carthage. There is a beautiful view from outside the museum over Carthage, the Punic harbour, Tunis and the distant Bou Kournine mountain.

The museum provides a comprehensive historical outlook before you can explore the various archeological sites -  he Amphitheatre, Tophet sanctuary, Antonine Baths and Punic ports - which will help you envisage life in the third largest city in the Roman Empire.

Place de l’UNESCO, Boîte postale 3, 2016 Carthage, Tunisie.

(00216) 71 730 036

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