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UNESCO designates Djerba, Tunisia as World Heritage Site

September 18, 2023 at 8:37 pm

A mural painting covers a wall in the town of Hara Sghira on the Tunisian resort island of Djerba on May 19, 2022 [FETHI BELAID/AFP via Getty Images]

The UN cultural agency, UNESCO, on Monday, added Tunisia’s Djerba Island to its list of World Heritage Sites, Anadolu Agency reports.

In a statement, the Tunisian Culture Ministry said the resort island was voted to the list during the 45th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

The Ministry said Djerba Island takes the number of Tunisian sites on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites to nine.

The list already includes Amphitheatre of El Jem site, the Archaeological Site of Carthage, the Medina of Tunis, the Ichkeul National Park, the Punic Town of Kerkuane and its Necropolis, Kairouan, Medina of Sousse and the Dougga archeological site, which was the last to be added to the list in 1997.

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Covering an area of ​​nearly 500 square kilometres (198 square miles), Djerba Island is situated in the Gulf of Gabes on the Mediterranean Sea.

With a population of 160,000, the resort island is a main attraction for foreign tourists in Tunisia.

The island is known for its religious diversity, having ancient mosques, churches and synagogues, in addition to its natural landscape.

Djerba is a special destination for thousands of Jewish visitors every year who stop by the El Ghriba synagogue, built 2,400 years ago for Jewish prayers and rituals.