Like everywhere else in Tunisia, I was most attracted by the doors of the houses which are of exceptional beauty. Most of the doors are carefully painted with predominant light and blur colour. Those in rich houses are often adorned with stone portal.
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Many countries, including Tunisia, are predominantly Muslim, so the religious sites you are most likely to encounter, are, predictably, mosques. This is a brief tip of advice, written from the point of view of a non-Muslim, female traveler (yours truly!!!):
- Do dress modestly, covering arms, legs, shoulders and the like, no frivolous dressing will be allowed. Hire the modest dress if needed;
- Check whether you are allowed into the mosque at all, since most of them admit you only into the courtyard, and some do not admit non-Muslims at all. However, in several countries you may be able to visit the interiors of many mosques;
- Respect the boundaries laid and do not attempt to enter further (I saw such a thing once, and it did arouse ill-feeling);
- If possible try to avoid going even to the courtyard on Friday afternoon, since I remember this is the most important praying time of the week;
- If you are curious, feel free to ask questions (though not of people hurrying to pray) and most likely you will be answered: I’ve always found people proud of their culture and heritage and ready to explain it;
- Do not criticize things we in Europe and in the West might (such as separate praying space for men and women), for such are the customs of the land and mosques are the least appropriate places for such topics.
This advice is based only on common sense, but it allowed me to see something of the mosques and learn loads of interesting info on Muslim countries, their religion, and culture. Really helped me when we had a general education class on religions at University:))
Many Tunisian houses, especially older ones are built around an open courtyard Many houses do not have windows to the outside for privacy reasons but do have windows viewing the courtyard. You may also notice in this picture the large birdcage. Birdcages in this style are very common in Tunisia and are sold at many souks .
Well, this is a local custom for all (or almost all) the Eastern and North African coountries. And, though, you can not bargain down the price in the supermarkets or top-of-the-range shops, this is perfectly acceptable and even should be done if you are at a street market or in a small shop .
More than that, the vendors may actually feel offended if you do not bargain.
Traditional Costumes and Wedding Preparations
While visiting Dar al Annabi, you can travel through the history and join a wedding ... Waxworks and designs are very successful.
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