Chebika lies at the foot of the mountains of the Djebel el Negueb and, because of its exposure to the sun, it is known as Qasr el-Shams meaning Palace of the Sun. In antiquity it was a Roman outpost known as Ad Speculum and later a mountain
refuge of the Berber people. The modern village of Chebika has several hundred residents. It was built near the old town, which was abandoned in 1969 after catastrophic flood. The site, writes Jean Duvignaud, "is located at the intersection of two projections of the mountain which opens here towards the desert". The urban framework consists of a grid plan intersecting at the market place. Many scenes for the film The English Patient were shot in the Chebika oasis landscape.
P16 , As-Sabikah, Τυνησία
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