March 29, 2012

March 29th, after a day at sea, found us in our first Tunisian port, Sousse. After clearing customs and getting our passports stamped, we had to tender into the port city of Sousse. Today we took an all day tour that included Kairouan, El Djem and the Amphitheater. Our first stop was the city of Kairouan, one of the 7 holy cities of Islam. Here we visited the Sidi Okba Mosque, and the Mausoleum of Sidi Sahab. Sidi Okba Mosque is the oldest and holiest Islamic site in North Africa. The columns in the courtyard were scavenged from old Roman ruins, so no two were alike.

Our next stop was the Mausoleum of Sidi Sahab. This site was the tomb of the Barber, a companion of the Prophet Mohammad.

After leaving Kairouan we went to El Djem where we toured the third largest amphitheater in the Roman Empire and the El Djem Museum of Roman mosaics and artifacts. Our day ended with a beautiful sunset over the city.

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