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Tunis, Tunisia

Tourbet el Bey
Tunis

It is the necropolis of the ruling princes of the Husseinite dynasty and their families. This dynasty ruled Tunisia from 1705 to 1957.
The monument dates from the second half of the 18th century. Imposing, irregular quadrangular shape, it is pierced on the outside of rectangular windows. Its terrace has been decorated with cupolas, the main ones of which have been covered with round green tiles in the shape of scales.
The access is made by a monumental door which gives on a vast hall whose decoration denotes a clear Italian influence. This will be confirmed inside the monument while marrying the Ottoman style that appears in the main hall where the reigning princes were buried and which, it is the distant reflection of the plan of Saint Sophia, in Turkey. A slab-covered patio dotted with burials separates the hall from the main hall and gives access to other rooms, some of which communicate with each other. There, lie relatives and relatives of the rulers, the dead male being recognizable by the hairstyle carved in marble and surmounting the epitaph and the women being indicated by simple plates.
The ceilings, sometimes vaulted, sometimes dome-shaped, are embellished with geometric and vegetal decorations chiseled in stucco, sometimes polychrome. The walls are usually lined with ceramic tiles.

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