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Dar Ben Abdallah Museum

Tunis, Tunisia

Dar Ben Abdallah Museum

It is a palace of the nineteenth century, inlaid in the heart of the medina, which has been converted into a museum of arts and popular traditions. This palace consists of a main residence, annex apartments and outbuildings, all constituting a real small city closed on itself around a plot communicating with the rest of the neighborhood by a massive door.
If the main body of the palace was designed in the traditional style of North African homes, with a monumental entrance overlooking a chicane hall, itself leading to a large paved square courtyard, embellished with a marble basin and lined on its four sides of "apartments" which each welcomed a family. If the layout of the "apartments" is classic, T-shaped overturned, the decoration, it is a curious mixture of Andalusian and Italianate styles.
The exhibition occupies the rooms of the hall and the ground floor of the main body of the palace. It is, for the most part, objects lining the life of the Tunisian population of the nineteenth century. And so, paintings restoring different scenes of everyday life or solemn moments were reconstructed in the different rooms to show attitudes or products of traditional craftsmanship. The appendices host occasional exhibitions or collections of handicrafts.

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