Attractions

Mausoleum in Tunis

Tourbet el-Bey

The Tourbet el-Bey has the green fish-scale domes typical of mausoleums. Inside is a mishmash of tiles and intricate stucco, built during Ali Pasha II's reign (1758-82). Many subsequent Husseinite beys (provincial g…
Christian Site in Tunis

Cathedral of St Vincent de Paul

There are some fine examples of colonial architecture in the Ville Nouvelle, ranging from the exuberant to the bizarre. Cathedral of St Vincent de Paul sits comfortably in the bizarre camp. This custard-coloured 188…
Museum in Tunis

Bardo Museum

The country's top museum has a magnificent, must-see collection that provides a vibrant vision of ancient North African life. The original, glorious Husseinite palace now connects with a stark and dramatic contempor…
Notable Building in Tunis

Medersa Mouradia

Medersas are schools for study of the Quran. They declined in the late 19th century when broader education came into vogue. Fine examples - mostly still used as schools - are clustered around the Zaytouna Mosque. Wi…
Islamic Site in Tunis

Medersa Slimania

Medersas are schools for study of the Quran. They declined in the late 19th century when broader education came into vogue. Fine examples - mostly still used as schools - are clustered around the Zaytouna Mosque. Al…
Museum in Tunis

Dar Ben Abdallah Museum

Built in 1796, one of the medina's finest former palaces houses the Dar Ben Abdallah Museum, a chance to imagine how the wealthy lived within the medina. It belonged to a high-ranking officer, and had a 19th-century…
Islamic Site in Tunis

Medersa Palmier

Medersas are schools for study of the Quran. They declined in the late 19th century when broader education came into vogue. Fine examples - mostly still used as schools - are clustered around the Zaytouna Mosque. Me…
Palace in Tunis

Dar Lasram

Dar Lasram is a magnificent mansion. From the 18th century, the Lasram family provided the beys (provincial governors) with scribes. Today it's home to the Association de Sauvegarde de la Medina, who oversee medina …
Museum in Tunis

Carthage Museum

This gives an idea of the site's former glories, with such wonders as monumental statuary, mosaics and extraordinary everyday stuff, including razors and kohl pots. The Byrsa Quarter, an excavated quarter of the Pun…
Museum in Tunis

Palais Khereddine

Palais Khereddine is on a pretty, palm-shaded square. This 19th-century palace, later split to house two schools - one for Jews, one for Muslims - is somewhat grandly named the Museum of Tunis, and hosts some excell…