Zaouia Zakkak, the splendid 17th-century octagonal minaret, is reminiscent of the Renaissance architecture. Its blue-green stone and tile work decoration resemble the Andalusia region of Spain. The catacombs are the surprise for the visitors of this attraction. These were not shelters for the living, but for the dead. There are many tunnels stretching for more than 5 km and containing 15,000 graves. Many believe that the catacombs were built as hiding areas for Christians during the time of persecution under the Romans. Most of the people in Tunisia are unaware of the country's past as a Christian country.
Take the light rail as it connects central Sousse by the medina (4 Station Sousse Bab Jdid) to Mahdia via Monastir. It stops along the way in various neighbourhoods in southern Sousse and the Monastir MIR IATA airport. There are buses, both public and private from the city every 30 minutes. Travelling by taxi will save time.