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Tunisia

The Bardo museum, an infinite variety of mosaics

blue railings and Roman statue

About 6 kilometers away from the medina of Tunis, the Bardo museum occupies the building of an old beylical palace.

Hundreds of Roman mosaics are kept in the biggest and most famous museum of North Africa.

The Bardo museum opened in 1882 and is divided into several departments, such as the department of the Punic civilization or that of Muslim art.

In the rooms of the Bardo, the rich history of the country fills the air. The growth and fall of civilizations becomes obvious: from Carthage to Rome, from Christian Africa to Muslim North Africa.

Ulysses and the mermaids

Mosaïcs

The Bardo museum is so unique because of its mosaics. They come from rich searching grounds : Carthage, El Jem, Dougga, Sousse, Bulla Regia...

The many natural light wells and the big windows of the Bey's former dwelling enable us to admire the pictures from Greek and Roman mythology drawn on the mosaics.

The images of everyday life activities are astonishing: hunting scenes reminding us of Pompei, but also a whole range of pictures portraying the art of fishing and day to day life in the countryside.

The mosaics are close to photographic accuracy: bright colours, clear outlines bringing characters to life...

entrance of the Bardo museum

In addition to the mosaics, Roman statues, funeral steles and Punic jewells are gathered in rooms adorned with chandeliers made out of Murano glass.

Most ceilings are decorated with superb arabesques.

If you are interested in Muslim art, the rooms of the Islamic Art collections house precious potteries, illuminated pages from the sacred texts and traditional clothes from all over the country.

These items are arranged around a beautiful inner courtyard

Practicalities

Transport :
Buses N.3, 4, 16 and 42. The N.4 tram also calls at the Museum. There is a car park next to the museum, which shares its garden with the Tunisian Parliament.

Opening hours:
November-April : 9.30am - 4.30pm

May-October : 9am - 5pm

Pictures are allowed once you've paid for the right.

Closed on mondays, like most museums in Tunisia.

Fabio Benedetti-Valentini © Azurever.com

 

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