TOZEUR توزر , The mythical Sahara City

Author & Photographer : Alessandro Del Ben

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Tozeur is a city and a large oasis situated in south-west Tunisia near the Algeria frontier. In ancient time the name of the city was Tusuros, it was an important point for exchanges in saharian region and a Roman outpost. Once you enter in Tozeur can admire the typical architecture characterized for its yellow-brownish brickwork displayed in geometric patterns on the buildings facades in the city. This kind of art is one of the most beautiful architectural style of Tunisia.

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The factory of bricks

Tozeur brick factory

Mixing  2/3 of clay and 1/3 of argil obtain the material for the bricks

Tozeur brick factory

Put the clay in special wooden stamp

Tozeur factory

Tozeur factory

Cover the bricks with ash and leave it at the sun light

Tozeur brick factory

 

When the bricks got dry are displayed in a specific way into the furnace for cooking

Tozeur brick factory

Tozeur bricks factory

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Tozeur medina traditional brick
Tozeur
Habib Bourguiba Avenue

Ouled El-Hdef is the ancient Medina district, the city center is small and easy to visit by walk. In addition to fascinating Medina, you can’t miss the palm grove wich is the largest in south tunisia.

Palms oasis

The coltivations structured in three level, the dates palm are the highest plant; fig, apricot tree and pomegranate in middle level and on ground there are vegetables plantation.

tozeur palms oasis
climbing palm in Tozeur oasis
Tozeur oasis
view of Tozeur and the oasis
Tozeur oasis
Drinking mint tea in Tozeur oasis

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Aboul-Quacem Echebbi

Echebbi was born in Tozeur, Tunisia, on 24 February 1909 and died on 9 October 1934 in Tunis. He had two sons, Mohamed Sadok, who became a colonel in the Tunisian army, and Jelal, who later became an enginering.
He was very interested in modern literature and Arab literature. He was a poetic talent since from early age and his poetry covered numerous topics, from the description of nature to patriotism and uman beings. His poems appeared in the most prestigious Tunisian and Middle-Eastern reviews. His poem To the Tyrants of the world became a popular slogan chant during the 2011 Tunisian demonstrations.
Aboul-Qacem Echebbi
Aboul-Qacem Echebbi statue
Author & Photographer : Alessandro Del Ben

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