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186 T U N I S I A R E G I O N B Y R E G I O N Zarzis eight glossy silos at the outskirts of the cities. however, there are nonetheless many wellpreserved ksour within the neighbouring region. how one can get to them is through vehicle (see pp196–7). highway map E5. * 11,000. @. a wide city and is Z positioned 20 km (12 miles) southeast of Jerba. In ARZIS IS geographical phrases this zone belongs to the Jaffara Plains that reach among Gab¯s and the Libyan border. because the seventh century this quarter has been inhabited by way of Arab nomads and a inhabitants that led a semi-nomadic way of life. Zarzis is surrounded via giant olive and palm groves, with approximately 700,000 olive timber and 110,000 date fingers. town itself was once inbuilt the nineteenth century via the French, who demonstrated their garrison right here. The vacationer area has fantastic sandy shorelines and starts off four km (2 miles) outdoors city. The region stretches for roughly eight km (5 miles) alongside the coast. it really is turning into more and more vital as considered one of Tunisia’s vacationer areas. Medenine nine highway map E6. * 18,000. @. a good base T from which to discover the outlying villages. town, HIS IS that is break up into through a river mattress (the Arab be aware “medenijin” ability “two towns”), used to be a huge preventing aspect for caravans. throughout the French Protectorate it housed an army garrison. because the major marketplace city, to which items have been introduced from the whole southern sector, it grew to become seashore in Zarzis’s vacationer area the executive centre of southern Tunisia. at the beginning Medenine consisted of a giant ksar, r which in overall had over 6,000 ghorfas (rooms). The nomads used them for storing valuables, usually corn, seed and greens, yet additionally they left in them articles that weren't wanted at the trip. every one kin had its personal ghorfa. in the course of the Sixties lots of the ghorfas have been demolished. this present day the handful of final ghorfas were changed into vacationer keepsake outlets. Such ksour (plural of ksar) r are symbols of an outdated lifestyle, even though they're more and more being deserted and falling into smash, because the villagers shop their grain in memento store in a ghorfa within the centre of Medenine conventional Jerba pottery E NVIRONS : a wide ghorfa complicated might be noticeable in Metameur, 6 km (4 miles) west of Medenine. The village population are seminomadic. a few of them are descended from Sidi Ahmed ben Adjel, a holy guy who based the village within the thirteenth century. the simplest time to go to Metameur is on Friday, whilst the nomads depart their pastures and assemble right here for his or her Friday prayers. crucial development on the town is the 600-year-old ksar, r which has 3 storeys of ghorfas outfitted round 3 courtyards. From Metameur a highway (MC104) results in Toujane, a small half-deserted village less than the ruins of a kasbah. Its flat roofs, made up of olive wooden, resemble terraces. a few eighty km (50 miles) southeast of Medenine is the small city of Ben Guerdane, which has 3,000 population. each Friday there's a industry the following. As with Zarzis and Medenine, it was once based through the French within the overdue nineteenth century.

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