Gafsa Things to Do

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    Roman pools

    by maykal Updated Jul 11, 2007

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    The two Roman pools are really the only things worth seeing in Gafsa. They're not particularly hard to find...just head in the general direction of the great mosque and dive into one of the backstreets which will take you to the square. The pools are quite deep, the water very clear, and they are still used today as swimming holes for local kids. The weather was a bit chilly on my visit, so only a few feet were brave enough to splash in the water and I didn't get to see all the kids diving in for coins like other VTers have done.

    Around the square are various other attractions...a tourist office (closed), a museum (also shut...it was a monday), a music academy (look out for the archways beside one of the pools), and possibly the best attraction, a cafe.

    (Yes...they are the same pictures as the ones in the intro...well spotted! I didn't take many here...)

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    Backstreets closer to the centre of town.

    by maykal Updated May 3, 2007

    For those with a bit more time, you could explore some of the narrow lanes in the semi-old distrit between the centre of town and the medina. Some houses are old, some mosques are picturesque, some alleys are teeming with life, others are full of shops and snack bars. Hunt out the cafe near to the road of jewellers' shops, which does a mean cup of green tea...

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    The rest of the medina

    by maykal Written May 3, 2007

    Away from the pools, Gafsa's medina is slowly crumbling away. It isn't particularly large, but it makes a good place for a short walk...you are unlikely to get lost, as practically every house is within a five minute walk of a main road, but the narrow backstreets are quite picturesque in a sad decrepit way. The main building to seek out is obviously the Great Mosque, whose minaret is visible from all over...you can't go inside unless you are Muslim, but the mosque itself is quite pretty from the outside.

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    Kasbah

    by maykal Written May 3, 2007

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    If you have time to kill, you could walk round the Kasbah. Not inside the Kasbah, as that is now a law court, but around the outside walls. The front has been modernised and looks like a faceless modern building, with lots of extra security guards just in case you were pondering whether to photograph it or not...but the walls round the back are quite impressive, especially at sunset. The road behind the kasbah takes you past the Maison de Culture, which seemed quite a lively place.

    On the southern wall of the kasbah (the closest to the medina) is a small domed building...my guidebook tells me this is an old bath-house, and that there is also an old Jewish baths next to it....well, I did look for it, but there looked to me to be only one set of baths there, and not particularly fragrant ones at that.

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    Gafsa History - The Gafsa Takeover

    by barryg23 Written Aug 6, 2006

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    Gafsa was the scene of an mysterious incident in 1980, when a group of soldiers took over the town for a couple of days until they were captured by the Tunisian army a couple of days later. Many of them died fighting against the Tunisian while 13 of them were later hanged. To this day, it's not clear who the soldiers were or what was the purpose of the operation. Many such incidents are not reported in Tunisia as the authorities and the President are slightly paranoid about such incidents and will often censor the press.

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    Kasbah

    by barryg23 Updated Aug 6, 2006

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    Gafsa's Kasbah has seen better days though it's from the west side, where most of the walls are intact, it does look impressive. It was built by the Hafsid dynasty who ruled between the 13th and 16th centuries. In WW2 parts of the walls were destroyed in an explosion and have been replaced by law courts.

    Gafsa's oasis lies just west of the Kasbah and there is a nice cafe on the edge of the oasis with good views of the Kasbah. On the southside lookout for a small marabout below which is a hammam.

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    Place 7 Novembre

    by barryg23 Written Aug 6, 2006

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    Ruth at Place 7 Novembre
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    Place 7 Novembre is a square on Avenue Bourguiba, Gafsa's main street. The square takes its name from the date when the current president, Ben Ali, seized power from Bourguiba in 1987. There is a nice park on the square where we stopped for a picnic lunch.

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    Medina

    by barryg23 Updated Aug 6, 2006

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    Entrance to the Medina

    The medina is situated between the two main streets, Avenue Habib Bourguiba and Avenue Taleb Mehiri. The most interesting section of the medina is to the southwest where you find the Roman Pools, a museum and the Great Mosque. As in any medina, it's easy to get lost and you'll probably have to retrace your steps a couple of times to get to where you want to go. We passed a beautiful, small mosque in the medina though I can't remember where it was and when we tried to return to it we got lost again. It's all part of the fun of exploring!

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    Roman Pools

    by barryg23 Updated Aug 6, 2006

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    The open-air Roman Pools are one of the most impressive sights in Gafsa. There are two pools which are fed by a hot spring and they seem very popular with the local kids. I had left all swimming trunks in the car, otherwise I'd have dived in. The pools are in a nice square which also contains a museum and the tourist office.

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    Roman Pools

    by aliante1981 Written Sep 9, 2002

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    They are one of the few things to see, and you will not need to stop for a long time there. There are two of them, and they must have served the inhabitants of ancient Capsa (former name of Gafsa) well, considering the typical hot weather of the place.

    No swimming for us, though, just watching!

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    A good place for a stop.

    by euzkadi Written Oct 20, 2008
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    During our long drive from Sufetula to Tozeur, we made a short stop for a tea in this nice city. A pleasant town, i think i must go back with more time.

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