This poster recalls in four languages, Arab, French, English and German the history of the Ghriba.and appeals to the generosity of the visitors for the maintenance of this holy place, in order to sustain the rabbis that dedicate their life to the study of the Holy Books.
On the right, the large building is the "oukala" or caravanserai that is used at the time of the pilgrimage, each year in may (in 2005 it will be 26 and 27 May). Poor pilgrims will be lodged in the "oukala" and a temporary cosher restaurant will be open.
The road from Er-Riadh leads to an enclosure wall with an arched entrance that opens into a block of several white buildings.
I visited the Ghriba several times and last time was on April 9th 2002. On April 11th 2002, a suicide bomber drove a gas truck to the proximity of the synagogue. The ensuing explosion resulted in the death of twenty one people, among them fourteen German tourists.
The Ghriba is surrounded on three sides by olive tree orchards. Most are very old. I doubt that the oldest one have been planted at the time the first synagogue was built but olive trees like the one of the picture may be several centuries old.
The La Griba or El Ghriba synagogue (the Marvellous) is 9km from Houmt-Souk in the partly Jewish village of Er-Riadh. It has been built in the middle of the 19th century but the first building is thought to have been built in the 6th or 7th century BC, destroyed several times and rebuilt several times.
This small building was used as Obi Won's house in the first Star Wars (a new hope) To find it you need to drive towards the ferry to the mainland at Ajim, take the last turnoff to the right and follow the dirt road for about 3km. It will be on your left as you drive.
The park was opened in 2002 within the cultural and tourist complex called Djerba Explore. The 6000 m2 park is home to 400 Nile crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus) that are five years old and ranging from 1.5 to 2.5 m in length. They were brought from a farm in Madagascar in 1998 and raised in other part of Tunisia.
Park offers its visitors pleasant walks around and above pools ringed by natural palm trees, in a desert setting. A greenhouse with a heating system has been built to provide warmth for crocodiles during cold winter nights, and the crocodiles have been trained to return into the greenhouse when it is cold outside. Tropical vegetation has been planted inside to contrast with the outside, providing the full, unique experience of visiting North Africa.
Right now they have for months old little crocodiles.
The Desert Rose also known as the Sand Rose or the Rose des Sables in French is a curious display of gypsum crystals that grow from mineral rich ground water beneath the surface of desert sand.
I was dissapointed with the beach. It was dirty, in the middle of nowhere.
There were lots of sea grass in the water.