Place du Gouvernement, Tunis
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, replacing a former palace from the 17th century. West of the Place du Gouvernement the architecture becomes more modern with the Place de la Kasbah (the Kasbah Plaza).
Beyond the rue de la Kasbah and Souk el Bey the medina opens out onto a large square called Place du Gouvernement. This is the western edge of the medina and feels much more airy and spacious that the narrow, busy streets of the medina behind it.
As its name suggests, the square is the focal point of government in Tunis and the prime minister's office is in Dar el Bey on the south side of the square. There are many armed guards in the area but they didn't seem to mind us taking pictures here.
The Place du Gouvernement is clean, spacious and much less chaotic than other parts of the medina. It's perhaps a little soulless too but worth seeing for the contrast with everywhere else.