This room features a Roman thermae discovered in Acholla, 40km north of Sfax. They have rooms for cold baths (frigidarium) and others for warm baths (caldarium). The frigidarium comprises a large rectangular room flanked by two long wings, two bathtubs, a swimming pool and a room with two apses. The caldarium comprises several rooms all of which...more
When I entered this huge room I was instantly struck by its wonderful domed ceiling. I then looked down and saw a huge 2nd century AD mosaic from a Sousse villa of a wealthy horse breeder covering nearly 140 sq metres. The mosaic is that of Neptune's triumph where he is naked on a charriot pulled by four sea-horses surrounded by 56 medallions and...more
Statues and mosaics from Carthage fill the museums centrepiece room which is a grand, colonnaded reception room with an icing sugar ceiling. There is a huge statue of Jupiter Capitoline from the Odeon in Carthage and one of Venus the goddess of love hiding her bosom under her gown.more
This area of the museum was once the ruling beys private apartment which is decorated with tiles and stuccoed and now contains the onlt contemporary portrait of the poet Virgil listening to Clio and Melpomene. This mosaic was found in Sousse and is one of the jewels of the museum.more
In the centre of this room lies the 6th century cruciform baptismal fonr from El-Kantara. On the surrounding walls are wonderful early Christian mosaics including Daniel in the lion's den from a 5th century mausoleum and other mosaics from chapels. There is also an unusual tomb mosaic covering a sarcophagus containing two skeletons.more
After entering through the entrance to the museum on the ground floor, there's a series of rooms on the right where the first exhibits prehistoric remains. One of the most unusual exhibits is a recreation of a 40,000 year old religious monument that looks like a pile of stones! The stones are mixed with bones and teeth of animals and pieces of...more
The museum is housed in a wonderful palace that was the former official residence of the Husseinite beys that was built in the 13th century. It was later rebuilt in the 17th century and enlarged by a succession of Husseinites before becoming a museum in 1888. When you're visiting look at the building as well as the exhibits! You get the chance to...more
The Bardo Museum is a must visit whilst in Tunis. Located a few kilometres west of the Medina and city centre, the museum is dominated by a vast collection of wonderful Roman mosaics that once adorned Roman Africa's grandest villas. In fact, there is no other museum in the world, even in Italy, where you get the chance to see countless huge...more
There is a small cafe within the museum but this appeared to be closed when I visited. There is a very good restaurant which I can't remember the name of on the road that leads from the museum to the Metro Leger station of Le Bardo. They do simple lunchtime type food in a rather pink but nice setting.
If you're planning on visiting the Bardo Museum (which is a must visit while in Tunis), the easiest way to get there is by tram or Metro Leger as they call it. The museum is near Le Bardo station on line 4. Tickets cost 450 mills but it looked like most people didn't bother and simply went through the barriers. Be warned that the Metro finishes in the early evening so don't wait around late at night for one to arrive!