Tunisia is the center of the Mediterranean and is located in the northern part of the African continent. At any time of the year, he generously shares with the visiting treasures of his nature and history. If the treasured ticket here and the tickets are already in your pocket, it would be nice to define a cultural program for yourself. What is worth a visit in Tunisia? Let’s look at several places included in the “mandatory” tourist list.
Where to go in Tunisia
The capital of the country and its main port is the city of the same name Tunisia. Its center was rebuilt during the French colonization of the country, has a stunning resemblance to Paris. True, it is limited only to the business part of the European capital. There are no skyscrapers in Tunisia, houses on 14 floors are the highest here. Not far from the Paris quarter, behind the gates of Bab al-Bahar, Medina begins – the ancient center of Tunisia. Here you can see the Jami al-Zeytun (Oliva) – a mosque built in 703, the Hamud Pasha mosque, the mausoleums of Sidi Mahrez and Hasanids Turbet El-Bey. The palaces of Dar Hussein, Darben Abdallah and Dar El Bay, located in ancient Medina, are luxurious and elegantly decorated. In the crowded curves and narrow streets of the old city, there is a bright and vibrant oriental bazaar. But the most exotic market of the Medina is Suk el Attarin, founded here in the distant thirteenth century. It still has incense trade..
Another place of mass pilgrimage for tourists is the legendary Carthage. BC it was a city-state. During the fierce Punic Wars, Carthage was completely destroyed by the Roman Empire. The years of her domination were marked here by the construction of temples, the Capitol, an amphitheater, a water supply system, a trading port, several public baths, and other buildings. Now all this is very impressive and magnificent Carthaginian ruins. For a full inspection of the standard time, any excursion will never be enough, and probably a day, too.
Bardo is the largest national museum in Tunisia. Here is a rich collection of mosaics from the times of Ancient Rome. The largest fragment of the exhibit has an area of 56 m2! The floor and walls of the halls of the former Bardo Sultan’s Palace are decorated with mosaics. Now an exposition is presented here, telling its guests about the Christian, Punic and Arab historical stages of Tunisia’s life. All exhibits were obtained as a result of archaeological excavations and underwater explorations. The bardo can rightfully be simultaneously considered a museum of Tunisian ethnography. Here, tourists can learn all about the life of the beys of Tunisia and even get a chance to visit the harem!
Tunisian Keyruan has long been the capital of Islamic rulers. This is highlighted by unique local mosques that must be inspected. The Keyruan mosque is the main masterpiece of Arab architecture, its height is 31.5 m, and the capitals of its many columns are made from different remnants of architectural fragments from the time of Ancient Rome. Keyruan also gained fame thanks to its ancient tradition – carpet weaving. The patterns of Keyruan carpets are not sketched, but are passed on to each next generation by inheritance. Nowadays, you can buy a carpet with a hundred-year guarantee from local craftsmen.!
El Jem – This small Arab town is notable for its well-preserved ancient Roman amphitheater. The Jem Coliseum was the third largest after the Coliseum of Capua and Rome. Its capacity was 35 thousand spectators. For many centuries, the structure was virtually untouched. And only in the 17th century A.D. The Colosseum was destroyed by the Arab conquerors. They took out the stone of the Roman amphitheater for the construction of the Cathedral Mosque in Keyruan. Fortunately, they failed to completely destroy the monumental structure. But even what our contemporaries inherited from him inspires respect for the skill of architects and builders of Ancient Rome. All kinds of music festivals are being held in Al Jem – the acoustics here are magnificent. If you take into account the atmosphere corresponding to it, then classical music among the ruins of El Jem sounds amazing!
All this and much more can be seen in this North African country..
Have a nice trip!