Aerial Photos

The aerial photographs shown on the adjacent map date from 1918 to 2000. The colors of the dots indicate the age of the photo:
1918 to 1942.
Pre-war Sfax during the protectorate. The city was still growing, and the Ville Franque is located on the south side of the Medina, between the Bourj al Resace and the Bourj An Nar. During the 1920s and 30s the port was extended to the south, and the upper arm of the Porte du Peche was filled in.
1943 to 1957.
After the wartime Allied bombardments much of the city, and almost the whole of the Ville Franque was destroyed. Photographs from this period show empty city blocks, which gradually are rebuilt in the new styles of the 1950s.
1957 to 2000.
These photos (and one or two satellite pictures) show how the city has developed since independence. The fishing port has become the 'Corniche' since the new fish port was built, and the railway is now routed alongside the port. The buildings along Hedi Chaker are complete, with the new theatre being almost the last one to be constructed there.

View thumbnails of all aerial pictures here.

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Une Histoire de Bab Diwan, Sfax. Available in FRENCH or ENGLISH
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Tour of Historic Sfax.      Guided tour of Sfax Medina, 1881-1950.      Tour the Ville Franque of Sfax, 1880-1943.      Views of Sfax after the bombing of 1942-1943 (this option not yet available).      Tour the colonial buildings of Sfax