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  • 1 Dar Hussein Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pl. du Château

    The 18C Dar Hussein is one of the most beautiful palaces in Tunis. In the 19C, Youssef Sahib Et-Tabaa, the famous minister of Hammouda Pasha, bought the house and embellished it. Since independence, Dar Hussein has been the headquarters of the Nation..

  • 2 Dar Othman Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    16bis rue El M'Bazaa

    Built in the 16C, Dar Othman once belonged to Bey Othman, whose wealth came mainly from privateering (naval warfare which lasted from the 16C to the 19C). This modest-sized house comprises a ground floor and only four bedrooms. The bedrooms have unus..

  • 3 Punic Tophet Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Comprising an enclosure of steles surrounded by wild grasses, this is an extremely old Punic site of worship where barbaric rites are thought to have been carried out. It is not known what name the Carthaginians would have given to the site. The word..

  • 4 Archaeological Site and Roman Houses Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    The majority of remains from the old villas in this residential district of Roman Carthage are mosaics and sculptures, many of which are displayed in the Villa of the Aviary, which has now been converted into a museum. Built on the Odeon hill, the si..

  • 5 National Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Colline de Byrsa

    Exhibits here include sarcophagi decorated with human figures, masks featuring grimacing faces, funerary steles, and amulets made from glass, all from the Punic period, as well as a Roman figure of Victory, busts, mosaics, amphorae etc. The national ..

  • 6 Zaghouan Aqueduct Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    This impressive construction dating from the period of Hadrian (approx. AD 120) connected the Temple des Eaux (Water Temple), a fountain in Zaghouan, with the city of Carthage over a distance of 123km. Restored on several occasions, the aqueduct slip..

  • 7 Temple des Eaux, Zaghouan Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Built under the reign of Hadrian, this nymphaeum resembles an open scallop shell embedded in the mountain. In its upper section, the monument forms a semicircle comprising 12 niches which housed the statues of the nymphs. In the centre, a larger thir..

  • 8 Thuburbo Majus Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    It was in this old town, seemingly of Berber origin, that elegant villas and other sumptuous buildings were erected during the Roman period; excavations are still been carried out here. Its baths, temples, villas and above all its majestic capitol, a..

  • 9 Lycinian Baths Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    These baths dating from the 3C AD have a classical layout. Originally, visitors to these winter baths would enter via a vestibule to the north; the room has preserved several columns and a section of its mosaic pavement. From the main street, entry t..

  • 10 Nabeul Market Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Nabeul's Friday morning market is one of the largest in Tunisia and provides an insight into local production: omnipresent pottery, mats, fine embroidered items and essences for the perfume industry. Nabeul is an important centre for the distillation..

  • 11 Bizerte Kasbah Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The entrance to the kasbah, surrounded by imposing crenulated walls, is through a particularly low and lopsided gateway, originally conceived to make access to the medina extremely difficult. Its incredibly narrow alleyways form a mysterious labyrint..

  • 12 Ichkeul Nature Reserve Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    The Ichkeul nature reserve is made up of a 90km2 lake (the last freshwater lake in North Africa), marshland and the Jebel Ichkeul (511m), which dominates the park to the south. The reserve is one of the main wintering grounds for waterfowl in North A..

  • 13 Bulla Regia Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    The major sight of interest at the archaeological site of Bulla Regia - first a Numidian then a Roman settlement and undoubtedly inhabited until the Middle Ages - is the complex of extremely well-preserved patrician houses, in which the underground l..

  • 14 House of Fishing Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    The House of Fishing is one of the largest residences in Bulla Regia. The mosaics in the basement have been damaged by saltpetre as these apartments are both dark and humid (4.40m below the ground floor). It is the coolest house here in summer, and t..

  • Most of the exhibits on display in this archaeological museum have come from excavations carried out at the site known as Simitthus to the Numidians and Chemtou to the Romans, providing valuable information on the two civilisations which once occupie..

  • 16 Le Kef Kasbah Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Le Kef and its surrounding hills, which are arid in summer but covered in vegetation after rain, form an attractive panorama which can be admired from the top of the kasbah. This fortified structure, built by the Ottomans in the 17C and comprising a ..

  • 17 Sidi Bou Makhlouf Mosque Interesting

    Religious buildings

    A street and a flight of steps lead to the 17C Sidi Bou Makhlouf mosque, which is easily recognisable by its octagonal minaret and two delightful ribbed domes. The dazzling white mosque owes its reputation to its interior decoration of finely carved ..

  • 18 Zaouïa of Sidi Ali Ben Aïssa Interesting

    Museums and art

    Pl. Cheik Ali Ben Aïssa

    Housed in the zaouïa of Sidi Ali Ben Aïssa, Kef's fascinating Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions is dedicated to the nomadic Bedouins. With its reconstructions of traditional dwellings, everyday objects, musical instruments and jewellery, the coll..

  • 19 Makthar Archaeological Site Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Makthar's history mirrors that of Tunisia, with the Numidians, Punics, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines and finally Arabs inhabiting the site from 200 BC to the 11C, when the town was destroyed by the Hilalians. The interesting finds excavated on the site..

  • 20 Great Mosque of Sousse Interesting

    Religious buildings


    The Great Mosque looks more like a fortress than a house of prayer, an impression which is heightened by the building's lack of a minaret. Built on the site of an old kasbah around 850, the building originally had a defensive role, protecting the por..

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