Museum sights in Tlemcen
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Given the wealth of history, you would be forgiven for expecting the museum to be equally rich. It is not. The collection used to be housed in the mosque of Sidi Bel Hassan, on place Mohamed Khemisti, but now occupies a 1905 college building. Arranged over two floors, the collection is basic and the arrangement is confusing, with Almoravid, Merenid and Zianid coins, brass lamps, carved stile and stucco all jumbled together. Among the treasures are 15th-century carved epitaphs from royal tombs. Also worth finding are the 1940s oil paintings by local artist Abdelhalim Hemeche.