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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sidi Bou Said Lighthouse, Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia

The Sidi Bou Said (Ra's Qatarjamah) Lighthouse is located in the picturesque village of Sidi Bou Said, North of the city of Tunis in Tunisia. This light, which was constructed in 1840 is believed to be the oldest in Tunisia.  It sits high on a hill (Jebel el-Manar or Fire Mountain) at the top of the village. Several sources indicate the name of the hill is derived from when fires were lit at the site to guide sailors in the Punic and Roman times. The location is Cape Carthage and is the entrance to the Bay of Carthage. The ruins of the old city of Carthage are only a short distance South of Sidi Bou Said. The light remains active.  Photos taken in September 2011. 

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