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1. In the suuq

2. Zitouna - the Great mosque

3. Café M'Rabet

4. Bab el Bahr

5. Government quarters

6. Halfaouine

7. Bab Souika

8. Place Halfaouine

9. Bab el Khadra

10. Doors

11. Colonial houses

12. Cathedral

13. Modern town

14. At night

15. Bardo museum


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Place Halfaouine
Tunis, Tunisia

In the 18th century, the Place Halfaouine grew into becoming a chic area. Even if this was in a time when Tunisia was governed by its own rulers, much of houses erected here took inspiration from Europe.
The mosque of Youssef Sahib at Taba'a was begun in 1812, and resembles to a great deal a Venetian palazzo. It used imported building materials, like metal railings, Neo-classical columns and black marble. The minaret remained unfinished for a long time, and was not completed until 1970.
Most of the glory of former times is now gone. Place Halfaouine, which is the end point of Halfaouine, serves now as a grocery market. And the street leading to Bab el Khadra, is among the most modest commercial streets that Tunis has to offer.

By Tore Kjeilen