Gouvernorat de Ariana Things to Do

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Gouvernorat de Ariana Things to Do

  • Bardo Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Tunis Things to Do

    The Bardo is the most important attraction in Tunis. We had to go through it quite quickly, as it was an unexpected stop our driver made while driving us to the hotel, but it was still nice to see. So we spent about an hour there, but you can and should undoubtedly take longer to see everything. I think it has the biggest collection of mosaics in...

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  • Medina

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Tunis Things to Do

    The Medina is a great place to spend an afternoon or a day wandering around in. It is still a working Medina as far as the locals are concerned so it has not lost it's authentic feel. Watch out for the English speaking shop keepers who may try and take you on an overpriced tour of the Medina or try and sell you some thing else you do not need. This...

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  • Cathedral of St Vincent de Paul

    4 out of 5 stars

    Tunis Things to Do

    This large cathedral is located near the Medina in Place de L'Independance at the western end of Avenue Habib Bourguiba. It is the main Roman Catholic church in Tunis and is named in honour of Saint Vincent de Paul, a priest sold into slavery in Tunis, who after being freed took an interest in helping Christian slaves in the area. The church was...

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  • Kasbah Mosque

    2 out of 5 stars

    Tunis Things to Do

    This large modern looking square was the location of the city's Kasbah which was destroyed by the French in 1883. All that remains from before the French is the Kasbah Mosque. The square is paved with local granite and is home to the National Monument and the city's modern municipal building.

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  • Dar Ben Abdallah Museum

    Tunis Things to Do

    Close to Tourbet el Bey, you will probably find this fine Italianate mansion as you stroll the alleyways of the medina. It should be famous for its beautifully proportioned courtyard, the fine craftsmanship of its tilework and its finely carved wooden ceilings. However, you are most likely to remember the tacky dioramas depicting the lifestyles of...

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  • Carthage

    Tunis Things to Do

    If you're visiting northern Tunisia then you simply can't miss Carthage as it was here that the Romans ruled their north African empire. Carthage lies about 15km (9 miles) east of Tunis which makes it an ideal place to visit for a day out (see one of my travelogues about a walking tour). Carthage was a great ancient city and port where the military...

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  • Sidi Bou Said

    Tunis Things to Do

    Whenever tourist brochures show a typical Tunisian village of cobbled streets, white walls, studded blue doors and black mashrabias it is invariably ‘Sidi Bou’, and today it is possible to visit this picturesque village, prior to 1820 it was forbidden for Christians to enter. Nowadays this picturesqueness is Sidi Bou’s prime concern. The French...

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  • Bab el Bahr - French Gate

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Tunis Things to Do

    This imposing gate is also known as the Porte de France or the French Gate and is located at the Medina eastern point where Ville Nouvelle begins. The name means 'Gate to the Sea' and it was once connected to the walls of the Medina but these were taken down in this area in 1950 and so the gate stands all alone. The French actually built it in 1848...

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  • Avenue Habib Bourguiba

    Tunis Things to Do

    Avenue Habib Bourguiba is Tunis' Champs Elysees and runs from near the Medina in front of the cathedral to Lake Tunis and the port. It runs through the French part of the city known as Ville Nouvelle on land reclaimed from Lake Tunis in the 19th century. Just like the Champs Elysees in Paris, it is lined with cafes and a few hotels as well as some...

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  • Tourbet el-Bey

    3 out of 5 stars

    Tunis Things to Do

    Deep within Tunis' medina is the Mausoleum Tourbet el Bey, the last resting place of the Husseinid dynasty, rulers of Tinus from the 18th Century. The building is squat and multidomed, with a plain exterior. Inside, the many chambers are decorated with intricate stuccowork, with geometric and plant motifs, sometives in vibrant colour. The most...

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  • The Great Mosque

    Tunis Things to Do

    After paying of a small fee (2TD) you are able to enter the country yard of the Great Mosque. The mosque is also known as Zitouna, meaning "olive tree", because its founder (Obeid Allah Ibn ab-Habhab) tought Koran under an olive tree. The mosque was found 734, and totally rebuilt the 9th century (861-866) by the architect Fath with funds from...

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  • Place du Gouvernement

    Tunis Things to Do

    This sloping square at the western side of the Medina hosts the Prime Ministry, the Finance Ministry and the Foreign Ministry. Since the Independence of the country, the Prime Ministry is settled in the Dar El Bey, also named Palais du Gouvernement (Palace of the Government), which was built in 1795 for the important guests of the Husseinite beys,...

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  • Sahara Desert

    Tunis Things to Do

    Tunisia is in north Africa, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara Desert and between Algeria and Libya. Much of the land is semi-arid and desert. There are mountains in the north. The climate is temperate in the north, with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. The desert is in the south.

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