Dar Cherait Hotel
Route Touristique, Tozeur, 2200, Tunisia
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There are 2 must-see sights in Tozeur: the Dar Cherait Museum and the Medina.
The museum, unlike other museums - is set in an authentic old Tunisian home of a middle class family - well, more like a palace actually: middle class people used to live more luxuriously than we do -and you'll see it in the furniture and decorations.
The Medina shows a typical architecture that's unique all over Tunisia. All buildings are built in ochre bricks laid out in different levels to produce geometric patterns: incredibly beautiful
Dar Cherait Museum
This museum was withing walking distance of our hotel in Tozeur and opened late, so we decided to have a look.
Because it was so late, the museum was empty except for the employees. It was nice because nobody was in our way, but the problem was, an employee decided to give us a private tour.
Still, it was interesting. The museum is mainly about history and customs (hammams and whatnot).
tozeur: medina and museum
If there's one thing i'll never forget of Tozeur is the silence that permeated the air - not a hostile silence - just one of deep tranquillity. This silence can best be found at the medina: deserted narrow lanes and impressive buildings: no house looked poor - although some of them - judging by the people going in and out - must have surely been modest. Rich merchants' houses, though more richly ornated, still did not seem too lavish or luxurious. For an idea about rich people used to live there's the Dar Cherait Museum, set in an authentic old Tunisian home of a middle class family. The rooms and furniture are really unbelievable
Dar Cherait Museum
The museum, unlike other museums - is set in an authentic old Tunisian home of a middle class family - well, more like a palace actually: middle class people used to live more luxuriously than we do.
Inside the museum you will find the Patio : the central courtyard - with galleries, ceramics and stuccos - the real heart of the home
the Kharia is the exit of the Palaces' gates is where people were welcomed
the erudites' room% was the study room of a prominent man (maybe a religious man or a lawyer) - you can see bookstands, ink pots, penholders and old parchments
the notables' rooms are rooms that were used by men only - for working of course but also for playing chess or smoking
the kitchen everything used to be cooked on an open fire - what's to see here is the selection of copporware and cooking utensils: lots of them and in different sizes and shapes
the bride's room is possibly the best ornated of all the rooms: even gold-leaf was used. All objects - from the tables to the jewel boxes - are ornated with silver filigree, mother-of-pearl and tortoise shell.
El Kouttab is a small Koranic School and it is quite sober: there's mainly books and prayer mats
the hamman is the Turkish bath. It's devided in the three traditional zones: sweating room, refreshing and resting room.
the working ladies' room is the plce where the women used to meet and spend thir time, talking and working (for example making clothes and carpets)
the art gallery there's a collection of paintings by well-known Tunisian painters - often portraying scenes of daily life
the glass room is meant to be untypical: there's a stained-glass ceiling from Damascus, Venice, Bohemia, Beykoz.. possibly showing that the family used to trade with distant countries a lot.
"Museum "Dar Cherait""
"Dar Cherait" is the first private museum ever to be launched in Tunisia.
This museum was founded in 1990 and devised to be a live one.
It contains a unique collection of objects that have been finely selected over a decade.
The museum lies at the outskirts of the Sahara inside the mesmerising palm-tree grove of Tozeur.
It shows the luxurious oriental lifestyle of an upper-clan tunisian family.
It shelters the freasuries of the tunisian civilisation with all its cross-cultural aspects.
Discover the Tunisian life at the end of the 19th century