Sfax

Sfax is 270km (168 miles) southeast of Tunis. The city, founded in AD 849 on the ruins of Taparura and Thaenae, is the capital of the Sfax governorate, and a Mediterranean port on the Gulf of Gabes. Sfax has population of 340,...

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Sfax is 270km (168 miles) southeast of Tunis. The city, founded in AD 849 on the ruins of Taparura and Thaenae, is the capital of the Sfax governorate, and a Mediterranean port on the Gulf of Gabes. Sfax has population of 340,000 (2005)[1], and is an industrial centre for processing phosphates. The city is often described as Tunisia's second city, because only Tunis has more inhabitants.


History

By the end of the 10th century Sfax had become an independent city state. The city was conquered by Roger of Sicily in 1148 and occupied until it was liberated in 1156 by local forces, and was briefly occupied by European forces again, this time by the Spanish, in the 16th century. Sfax became an integral base of the Barbary piracy, prompting an unsuccessful invasion by Venice in 1785. In the late 19th century Sfax and the rest of Tunisia were conquered by France and incorporated into the French empire. During World War II, the Axis powers used the city as a major base until they were defeated by British forces. After World War II, Tunisia was returned to France only to gain independence in 1956.

Archaeological Museum of Sousse

Sousse's excellent archaeological museum occupies the south of the kasbah, and holds one of the finest collection of mosaics in the country within its two courtyards and one room, as well as a resident mosaicist demonstrating t...

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Sousse's excellent archaeological museum occupies the south of the kasbah, and holds one of the finest collection of mosaics in the country within its two courtyards and one room, as well as a resident mosaicist demonstrating this painstaking work, and you can even have a go yourself! The other room houses various objects from Punic times.

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Tozeur

Tozeur is an oasis and a city in south west Tunisia. The city is located North West of Chott el-Djerid, in between this Chott and the smaller Chott el-Gharsa. It is the capital of the Tozeur Governorate.

With hundreds of thousa...

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Tozeur is an oasis and a city in south west Tunisia. The city is located North West of Chott el-Djerid, in between this Chott and the smaller Chott el-Gharsa. It is the capital of the Tozeur Governorate.

With hundreds of thousands of palm trees, Tozeur is a large oasis. The dates that are exported from Tozeur are very well known. In ancient times, before the advent of motorized vehicles, the oasis was important for the transportation through the Sahara, which took place in caravans. The name of the city in antiquity was Tusuros, it was an important Roman outpost.

In the medina (old city) of Tozeur, one can find traditional architecture, fashion and workmanship. Like elsewhere in Tunisia, the local population is generally very hospitable towards tourists, and there are also many tourist facilities. From Tozeur one can make trips on a camel, explore the Sahara Desert and get to know the Chott el-Djerid, where one can see fata Morgana's.

Tozeur, and the Jerid region (named after the leaf of the Palm tree), is very famous for its yellow/brownish brick architecture. Fascinating patterns in simple and rich geometric designs form the façades of most buildings in the old city and the new tourist zone. The old town of Ouled El Hwadef is an exquisite example of the local brick work. Mandated by the local government, the old town narrow streets, walls and facades were decorated with bricks resulting is one of the most distinct and beautiful architectural styles of Tunisia. This work took more than 10 years to complete and the result is a must see when one visits the town.

 

Weather

Although the weather is pleasant most of the year, the summer months can be extreme. Temperature can reach 45o outside. The best time to visit the region would be in the fall or the winter, where hotels are not full and the city is the middle of its palm dates harvest. In fact the international festival of oases takes place during this time of the year (Nov/Dec.).


Arts

Tozeur was used as a filming location for Mos Eisley and other places in the Star Wars saga. A great part of the movie The English Patient (9 Oscars) with Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas were filmed in Tozeur and around.

Bardo National Museum

The Bardo Museum is a restored 13th century palace and is home to the world’s largest collection of Roman mosaics and is therefore a must-see for anyone with an interest in history. It also has many other antiquities from Ancie...

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The Bardo Museum is a restored 13th century palace and is home to the world’s largest collection of Roman mosaics and is therefore a must-see for anyone with an interest in history. It also has many other antiquities from Ancient Greece, as well as some from the Arabic region and Tunisia itself, ranging straight from prehistoric eras to contemporary jewellery.

It is ranked, along with the Cairo Museum, as one of the two great museums of North Africa.

Le musée national du Bardo, Le Bardo-2000, Tunis, Tunisie.

(00216) 1 513 650

www.informatique-tunisie.com

Archaeological Museum of Sousse

Sousse's excellent archaeological museum occupies the south of the Kasbah and holds one of the finest collection of mosaics in the country within its two courtyards and one room.

It also has a resident mosaicist demonstrating t...

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Sousse's excellent archaeological museum occupies the south of the Kasbah and holds one of the finest collection of mosaics in the country within its two courtyards and one room.

It also has a resident mosaicist demonstrating this painstaking work, and you can even have a go yourself! The other room houses various objects from Punic times.

Ave du Maréchal Tito, Medina, Kasbah, Sousse

 

Museum of Popular Art and Tradition

Formerly known as Dar Ben Abdallah Museum, the Museum of Popular Art and Tradition is a palace, built in 1796. Great care was taken over the architecture, where a lavish vestibule leads to a patio paved with marble and surround...

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Formerly known as Dar Ben Abdallah Museum, the Museum of Popular Art and Tradition is a palace, built in 1796. Great care was taken over the architecture, where a lavish vestibule leads to a patio paved with marble and surrounded by columns, the walls are lined with stucco and ceramic tile, and each room has an intricately painted ceiling.

The four rooms around the patio are home to exhibits on the bourgeois Tunisian families of the 19th century. There are dresses, embroidery, weaving, wedding accessories, and various other types of finery. We also have children's toys and clothes from ancient times that have their own display room. The kitchen of the palace has been well preserved, and a lot of kitchenware is exhibited there in its original space.

Rue Ben Abdallah, 1008 Tunis.

National Museum of Carthage

The National Museum at Carthage is beside the Cathedral of St. Louis, on Byrsa Hill and holds a collection of Punic and Roman treasures, jewellery, household items, weapons, deathmasks, a marble sarcophagi as well as a model of...

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The National Museum at Carthage is beside the Cathedral of St. Louis, on Byrsa Hill and holds a collection of Punic and Roman treasures, jewellery, household items, weapons, deathmasks, a marble sarcophagi as well as a model of Punic Carthage. There is a beautiful view from outside the museum over Carthage, the Punic harbour, Tunis and the distant Bou Kournine mountain.

The museum provides a comprehensive historical outlook before you can explore the various archeological sites -  he Amphitheatre, Tophet sanctuary, Antonine Baths and Punic ports - which will help you envisage life in the third largest city in the Roman Empire.

Place de l’UNESCO, Boîte postale 3, 2016 Carthage, Tunisie.

(00216) 71 730 036

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