Gouvernorat de Tunis Things to Do

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Gouvernorat de Tunis Things to Do

  • Place de L´independence.

    This place located at the end of the Bourguiba Avenue, in front of the Cathedral of Saint Vincent the Paul, hosts the Statue of Habib Bourgiba.

  • French Colonial Arquitecture.

    Sometimes waking through the new city you found beautiful examples of the French Colonial architecture like this house.

  • Medina.

    The Medina of Tunis is the largest in all the country, dates from the ninth-eleventh century AD, under the Almohads ans Hafsids regimes (12-17th centuries AD) the Medina lived their most glorious days. When the frenchs came they demolish the outer walls, actually is a maze of narrow streets full of shops for tourists, and includes more than 700...

  • Mosque of Youseff Sahib.

    The Mosque of Youseff Sahib built in 1712 claims to be the first mosque wich features the octogonal minaret, and is seen from almost all the Medina streets.

  • Avenue de la Liberte Mosque.

    This Mosque located in the avenue de la Liberte is a new one, and maybe has few interest, but i passed in front of it every day on my way to the Medina or the Bourgiba avenue, and was always crowded.

  • Avenue de la Liberte.

    One of the main streets of Tunis, it´s located in the Nouvelle Ville, and is a good example of the big french style boulevards of Tunis, and a perfect place to enjoy the french colonial architecture.

  • Medina. Street Life.

    Sometimes when you are wandering through the narrow streets, you feel like you´re travelling back in time hundreds of years ago, some streets and people reminded me the medieval times.

  • Medina. Windows and balconies.

    As in most of the cities i´ve visited in the country, the windows are a particular reference, beautiful carved, recently painted and very well kept, maybe they are one of the most authentic feautures of Tunisia.

  • Medina. Wood panels.

    Some of the shops are covered by these beautiful wood painted panels, some of them painted with arabic geometrical decorations.

  • Medina. Details.

    I visited the Medina twice, the first time it was a National Holiday, so the Medina was almost empty, and all the shops were closed, i really enjoy these moments, i could enjoy all the constructions details of the city, the beautiful painted-wood panels, some painted sarcophagus and the beautiful doors and windows. Next time it was a normal day and...

  • Zitouna Mosque.

    The Zitouna or Olive Tree Mosque is the main Mosque of Tunis, the original building was built in the 9th century by Emir Aghlabide Abou Il Abbés Mohamed (the minaret was added in the 19th century). The Mosque it´s a place of worship but also a educational center, and it´s open to non-muslim vistors from 8.oo am to noon (2 dinars entrance fee) but...

  • Place du Governement.

    This beautiful place very clean and well kept, is the place where the governement quarters are located. The Prime Minister's Office is housed in the Dar el Bey which is on one side of the square.

  • Bab El Khadra Gate.

    Is one of the gates to the Medina, the original 14th century gate was rebuilt in this european style.

  • Night walk on the Avenue Bourgiba.

    The Bourgiba avenue is specially lively at night, all the cafés and restaurants are full of people. It´s nice to enjoy a tea in one of the many terraces and watch the people go by, families and even groups of girls are walking along the boulevard, something very unusual in other small cities of Tunisia, where is very dificult to see women during...

  • Grand Avenue Bourguiba.

    This avenue is the main axis of the city, and is crowded with outdoors cafés and restaurants. The Avenue starts in the Clock Tower and finish in the Bab el Bahr or the Gate of the Sea. The avenue contains some of the main points of interest of the Ville Nouvelle as the Cathedral of Saint Vincent of Paul, the French Embassy and the Municipal...

  • Tunis Municipal Theatre.

    This beautiful Art Noveau building located in the Bourgiba Avenue is the main and most famous theatre in Tunisia. It´s not the original building ( a first theatre was delomished to construct this bigger one), and was rebuilt by Jean Emile Resplandy in 1911. This original building is also called the Candy Box. It´s specially attractive when is...

  • Tower Clock.

    This 38 meters tall illuminated tower is located in one of the main squares of the city the Place du 7 November, at the beggining of the Grand Bourgiba Avenue. The tower it´s made of bronze coloured steel and was built to conmemorate the Independence Day of Tunisia. Now is one of the landmarks of the city.

  • Bardo Museum. Roman Catholic...

    I´ve never seen this style of mosaic covered sarcophagus, this one is located in the Roman Christian Era Hall.

  • Bardo Museum. Arab Muslim decoration...

    The interior of the Museum is a mixture of styles, the museum has been adapted to diferent tendencies during the centuries, but maybe the most interesting details are the ones from the Arab Muslim period.

  • Bardo Museum. Threee Graces Stelae.

    This great masterpiece from the 3rd century AD is located in the main entrance of the building, and represents the three Graces and the Four Seasons

  • Bardo Museum. Roman Statues.

    The Museum houses a great variety of Roman Statues, i´ve included some pictures of then in this tip, but this Apollo of the 2n century Ad (the god of prophecy, of musical and artistic inspiration) from the Carthage theather is one of my favourites.

  • Bardo Museum: Roman Mosaics.

    During the 2nd and 4rd centuries Ad, this part of the Roman Empire became very wealthy due to the trade of Olive Oil and wheat, so the rich owners of the villas commissioned mosaics to decorate their homes. The dry and warm climate of Tunis is maybe the reason why these mosaics are so well preserved.

  • Bardo Museum: Petit Palais.

    This small palace was built in 1831, and integrated to the museum in 1900, and is entirely dedicated to the Arab Muslim civilization.

  • Bardo Museum: Hall of Sousse.

    This huge hall was originally the palace ball room, actually exposes the big mosaics founded in the Roman city of Sousee (formerly Hadrumete).

  • Bardo Museum: Hall of Christian Mosaics.

    The V hall exposes some steale and bas-reliefs, mosaics, tombs an sarcophagus from the Christian era.

  • Bardo Museum: Roman Carthage Hall.

    This hall was originally the patio of the palace, and expose mostly statues of the Roman Carthage area, there are also statues from other roman cities of Tunisia as Dougga and Oudna. Also shows some huge Roman mosaics and bas-reliefs.

  • Bardo Museum. Hall of Dougga.

    This is the XI hall, and expose some huge and beautiful mosaics founded in the Roman city of Dougga.

  • Bardo Museum. Roman Mosaic (Portrait of...

    This magnificent masterpiece is maybe the most famous mosaic in the museum, it represents the portrait of Virgil between two muses: Calliope the Muse of Poetry and Melopene the Muse of Tragedy. Virgil holds in his hands a parchment containing the verses of the Aeneid.

  • Bardo Museum.

    I had heard of this museum (specially about the roman mosaics) so when we travelled to Tunis i was specially interested in this place, and is really a great museum, more of what i´d expected. The Roman mosaic collection is really impressive, and the building is also wonderful. The museum is located in the outskirts of the city, inside a Hafside...

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  • Bardo Museum

    Do not miss the opportunity to see Bardo Museum. It is very famous because of ancient mosaics and statues. Additionaly excellent arhitecture welcomes you.

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