Mahdia and El Djem, Tunisia

Photos taken by David Stanley on a visit to Mahdia and El Djem, Tunisia.
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Rue Ali Bey, the oldest street in Mahdia, Tunisia, begins at the 16th century Skifa el Kahla.

Rue Ali Bey, the oldest street in Mahdia, Tunisia, begins at the century Skifa el Kahla.

The ruins of Roman villas are adjacent to the Archaeological Museum in El Djem, Tunisia.

The ruins of Roman villas are adjacent to the Archaeological Museum in El Djem, Tunisia.

The ancient Fatimid port at Mahdia, Tunisia, was cut directly into the coastal rocks a thousand years ago.

The ancient Fatimid port at Mahdia, Tunisia, was cut directly into the coastal rocks a thousand years ago.

The Skifa el Kahla (left) and Musée de Mahdia (right) face Place du 7 novembre at the entrance to the medina in Mahdia, Tunisia.

The Skifa el Kahla (left) and Musée de Mahdia (right) face Place du 7 novembre at the entrance to the medina in Mahdia, Tunisia.

Fishing boats of all types tie up in the Port Des Peches at Mahdia, Tunisia.

Fishing boats of all types tie up in the Port Des Peches at Mahdia, Tunisia.

This old woman lives near the Amphithéâtre in El Djem, Tunisia.

This old woman lives near the Amphithéâtre in El Djem, Tunisia.

This 3rd century AD mosaic of an owl is in the Archaeological Museum at El Djem, Tunisia. It is said to symbolize victory over envy.

This 3rd century AD mosaic of an owl is in the Archaeological Museum at El Djem, Tunisia. It is said to symbolize victory over envy.

The Archaeological Museum in El Djem has one of Tunisia's finest collections of Roman mosaics.

The Archaeological Museum in El Djem has one of Tunisia's finest collections of Roman mosaics.

The Archaeological Museum in El Djem, Tunisia, was built next to a street of excavated Roman villas.

The Archaeological Museum in El Djem, Tunisia, was built next to a street of excavated Roman villas.

A feature of the Amphithéâtre El Djem in El Djem, Tunisia, is the movable floor which allowed animals to be lifted directly into the ring.

A feature of the Amphithéâtre El Djem in El Djem, Tunisia, is the movable floor which allowed animals to be lifted directly into the ring.

The Amphithéâtre El Djem (AD 238) at El Djem, Tunisia, is the third largest of its kind in the world.

The Amphithéâtre El Djem (AD 238) at El Djem, Tunisia, is the third largest of its kind in the world.

The Phare de Mahdia is on Cap Africa at the east end of the peninsula at Mahdia, Tunisia.

The Phare de Mahdia is on Cap Africa at the east end of the peninsula at Mahdia, Tunisia.

The 16th century Borj el Kebir was built during the Ottoman period to protect Mahdia, Tunisia, from Spanish attacks.

The 16th century Borj el Kebir was built during the Ottoman period to protect Mahdia, Tunisia, from Spanish attacks.

The Borj el Kebir (1559) dominates Mahdia, Tunisia. The city was attacked by the Spanish in the 16th century, followed by the Maltese Knights in the 17th century.

The Borj el Kebir (1559) dominates Mahdia, Tunisia. The city was attacked by the Spanish in the 16th century, followed by the Maltese Knights in the 17th century.

The souvenir shops of rue Ali Bey in Mahdia, Tunisia, have been quiet since most consumer tourists were scared away by terrorist attacks in Sousse and Tunis in 2015.

The souvenir shops of rue Ali Bey in Mahdia, Tunisia, have been quiet since most consumer tourists were scared away by terrorist attacks in Sousse and Tunis in 2015.

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