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1. Around town

2. The black passage

3. Place du Caire

4. The great mosque

5. Town museum

6. Doors

7. Fish market

8. Borj el-Kebir

9. Punic ruins

10. The Fatimid port

11. Sailors' cemetary

12. Cap d'Afrique

13. Tourist's beach


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Town museum

Mahdia, Tunisia

Mahdia's acheaological museum is a nice place, with well-presented examples from the Punic, Roman, Christian and Islamic periods. Many items are simple and small, like oil lamps. On the floor on the ground floor are three excellent mosaics and marble statues from El Jem.
Note the Islamic column (top photo), in a very indiscrete phallic shape. The writings are from the Koran.
More recent exhibits show Mahdia's tradition with weaving and dress making (two lower photo).
The musuem lies next to the Skifa el-Kahla. It is open summer every day except Monday from 9.00-13.00 and 15.00-19.00, winters every day from 9.00-16.00. Entrance costs 1.1TD, camera permit 1TD.
Mahdia, Tunisia

Mahdia, Tunisia

By Tore Kjeilen