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The Palace where Giuseppe Garibaldi hid in Tunis

The Gnecco Palazzo is located in Rue de la Commission at the ending of the old Medina of Tunis in the part of town where the europeans used to reside. The Palazzo belonged to Paulo Antonio Gnecco a rich Italian […]

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La Grande Synagogue de Tunis

The Synagogue of Tunis, completed in 1937, by the architect Victor Valensi. It is an architecturally interesting place with many colors and geometric shapes. Some historical anecdotes: – It was looted by the Axis forces when they came in 1942-43 […]

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The cemetery of Borgel

The Jewish cemetery of Borgel takes its name from a famous Rabbi who was the first to be buried there in 1898 (according to the epitaph). Several famous personalities are buried there, such as Habiba msika a famous Tunisian singer, […]

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The abandoned Christian Cemetery in Megrine

Megrine is suburb south of Tunis, it used to be a french neighborhood during the colonisation era. since there were no more europeans living there for more than 70 years, the small cemetery in fir forest stayed abandoned for long decades.   […]

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Forgotten Shop signs

Some commercial signs are old, very old, some belonging to still active shops other to shops that have closed or changed activities. Tracking them may be hard since they are usually hidden by new signs and decoration but that’s why […]

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The oldest Year plaque on a building in Tunis.

Many old buildings usually have a plaque with the year of  their construction. Specially those built during the Art deco / Art nouveau french colonial era in the early 1900ies. Those kind of plaques are rarely used after that period […]

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The hidden Sea Level Markers all around the Medina.

While roaming around the old Medina of Tunis, you may look around and above you to admire the medieval islamic architecture but you rarely think of looking down, to your ankle level. All around the medina’s streets there is some […]

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The Kitchy Art Deco buildings of Hafsiya

El Hafsiya used to be the jewish hood part of the old medina of Tunis. in the 1930ies , during the french colonial era, the hood was completely razed and re-built with some typical french colonial art deco style. Nowadays, […]

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FACES OF THE OLD TUNIS – PART II: Lion Heads –

up for some lion hunting in downtown? it seems like some architects have something with lion heads. but they seem even more harder to hunt than the human faces decorating downtown’s old buildings. . Share This:

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Faces of the Old Tunis – Part I –

They are here, hidden in plain sight, watching us for more than a century, walking in downtown’s streets and no one seems to notice their presence. This is a first serie dedicated to those faces, heads, babies,.. that decorate some […]

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