Created by Alejandra Larade.
Do you love to be transported back in time to the Roman era? Do you love architecture, history and art?
Then visiting Tunis is for you. Tunis is a fantastic city rich in history with beautiful mosaics, artifact and ruins that will make your look for more.
Get immersed into this national treasure and discover it as you go into different directions. Spread out like a maze with streets and alleyways, stores, monuments, residences, gates, souqs (open-air marketplace in North Africa), ancient hammams (traditional bathhouses) and mosques along the way. You can make a stop at any of the cafes that will guide you inside with their exquisite smell. Once there you can also admire the beautiful tiles displayed at the entrance of the café. Other places to rest are restaurants and pastry shops, before you continue your journey and maybe find some artisans busy working on their new project. This Medina is considered one of the bests in North Africa for its beauty and the best conserved in the Islamic world. It’s a great blend of architecture, urbanism, and the development of socio-cultural and economic changes of ancient cultures from the 12th to the 16th century. Reserve some time to visit this rich, beautiful, and historic place.
Zitouna Mosque (Also known as Zytouna Mosque)
You’ll find this dazzling Mosque at the center of the Medina. Zitouna is the most remarkable of the mosques around, a superb piece of architecture. Easily seen from the Medina, as the minaret (distinctive feature of mosques, a tall structure) rises majestically as if pointing into its direction. This minaret dates from the end of the 19th century, as it was an addition to the original building. You’ll notice the display of columns at the front, many of which have been brought from the ruins of the old city of Carthage. Zitouna Mosque is truly a piece of art with all the details outside and inside. Architectural arches, minaret courtyard, dome, etc.; and decorative such as mosaics, chandeliers, tiles, fountains, wood carved doors, and other fantastic details.
This is Tunisia’s top museum, and it contains a great deal of history with a vast collection of North African artifacts, sculptures, and art that gives a sample of the ancient form of life. Some examples of the treasures you can find here are Roman mosaics, early Islamic ceramics, and rare Phoenician artifacts. The buildings where the museum lies, used to be palaces, and are a jewel to be admired. The three different palaces were built in different centuries, and with different architectural stiles. Spend time exploring the several halls and exhibitions displayed at this museum, as it has many interesting pieces. Very well organized to guide the visitors through one era to another, and separating the regions, so it makes it interesting and a great learning experience.
Roman ruins of Carthage
This archeological site is located Northeast of the city and comprises some Punic and Roman ruins. Carthage was once one of the most important and powerful cities of the ancient world, and the focal point for some time. This important city had three long wars with Rome, also known as the Punic Wars, which led to the destruction of the city. Highlights of these ruins are an enormous Roman amphitheater, some impressive Roman baths, reconstructed Roman theatre, a cave, cisterns, Roman villas, basilicas, and streets. You’ll catch a fantastic view of Lake Tunis at the back and some of the ruins as a focal point. The ruins are very spread out, so be prepared to do some walking if you want to explore the whole site. Two great starting points to explore these ruins are at Byrsa Hill or the Carthage Museum. This allows better understanding viewing of the site.