Lost in Tunis

Urban Exploring & Streetphotography

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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The pigeons of Zaytouna Mosque

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The last dyer of Souk Es Sabbaghine

Souk Es Sabbaghine, as its name suggests, was the souk of the dyers, at the time they used large tanks to do dye clothes and tissues. One of these tanks still exists, even if it is condemned we still recognize quite […]

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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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Inside the Russian Orthodox Church of Tunis.

The Russian Orthodox church in Tunis also called ‘Church of the Resurrection’  was built by the Russian community of Tunis in October 1953 by Russian architect Michel Kozmin. (ref wikipedia)   The building is a copy of the Church of the Intercession on the […]

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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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