Must-see Attractions in Tunis

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A holiday in Maghreb just wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Tunis. The capital of Tunisia represents a fascinating display of Islamic architectural styles with a more or less obvious French polish. Occidental and Oriental lifestyles and values are both present in Tunis, which makes this capital one of the most interesting in the region of North Africa. Those curious to find out what might be driving tourists to the capital of Tunisia should take a look at these must-see attractions in Tunis:

Bardo Museum

Arguably the most visited museum in Tunis, the Bardo hosts an impressive art collection spreading over several thousands of years. The artifacts are generally of Roman, Greek and Islamic origin, and can consists of everything from prehistoric pottery to sophisticated pieces of jewelry. The museum’s building is a piece of jewelry in itself: a former royal residence in elegant Islamic style, the museum is now undergoing a massive restoration project.

Bab el Bahr

Although the alternative name for this attraction would be “Porte de France” (French Gate), the monument itself has nothing French in its appearance. The gate might seem quite old but it was actually constructed in the early 19th century, in a rather austere Islamic style.

Al Zaytuna Mosque

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The most popular of all mosques in Tunis, Al Zaytuna is also one of the largest religious buildings in Norther Africa. The heart of the Old Town Tunis, Al Zaytunawas first erected in the 8th century. However, due to its excellence as an academic institution in the mediaeval Islamic world, the mosque was subject to several renovations and reconstructions. The only disappointment you might encounter when visiting this location is the interdiction to enter the mosque for non-Muslims, however it is still worth seeing the enormous courtyard and old minaret.

Dar El Bey

Dar El Bey is a mandatory stop in your stroll through Tunis medina (Old Town). The Moorish masterpiece was constructed in the 13th century but brought to its current glamour by Hammouda Pacha, who covered it all in white marble. Today, the building hosts the Government and MP of Tunis.

Souk En Nhas

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The Tunisian Markets, or souks are certainly among the must see attractions in Tunis. There are several such markets spread through the Old quarter, including some in the immediate vicinity of Al Zaytuna Mosque. Among the incredible bargains and merchandise you might find in the market are the locally made lamps, carpets, jewelry and copper work.

 

 

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