Built to commemorate former President Ben Ali’s assumption of power on 7 November 1987 (hence the name of the surrounding plaza), this 38m-high clocktower forms a gilt-topped landmark at the eastern end of Ave Habib Bourguiba. Part obelisk, part mid-century-style lampshade, its mashrabiyya (lattice screen) is illuminated from within at night.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Tunis attractions

1. Pont de la République Street Art

0.14 MILES

In 2016, local street artists including Abdelmejid Ben Messaoud, Khalil Gouiaâ, Mourad Harbaoui, Brahim Azzabi, Samir Fitouri, Abdelmonem Sehili, Walid…

2. Rue Lenine Street Art

0.26 MILES

The walls of derelict buildings on this street have been used as open-air canvases by local street artists.

3. Institut Française de Tunisie

0.33 MILES

Housed in a building elegantly revamped by Richter+Partner with Karim Jeddi-Gonzales, the Institut Française hosts a rich program of cultural activities…

5. Lycee Bourguiba

0.42 MILES

Arabisant-style building on one of Centre Ville's main boulevards.

6. Marché Centrale

0.53 MILES

Tunisian food markets offer a great introduction to local culture, and Tunis' Marché Centrale is particularly atmospheric. The original market building…

7. Bab El Bhar


Also called the Porte de France or French Gate, this huge freestanding arch was the medina's eastern gateway until the surrounding walls were demolished…

8. Dar Othman

0.75 MILES

This building was constructed for Othman Dey in the late 16th century. His business – piracy – was obviously lucrative, and he also happened to be…