Many patios and passageways allow moving between rooms. These are decorated with ceramic tiles along geometrical patterns.

The sacred next to the secular

Tunisian culture  is laden with history, with the passage of several civilizations throughout time: Phoenicians, Byzantines, Carthaginians and Romans have marked the culture of the country. Each period of time has brought its personal touch and contributed to the emergence of a Tunisian style which lives on in the architecture. Under the influence of antique times, rich of a vast mystic inheritance, the sacred architecture has developed alongside a more profane one.

An asserted Roman origin

At the center of the antique architectural influences, the Roman villa is the model that is most immediately associated with the Tunisian house. We find a central patio, often adorned with a pond or or a well, around which the various rooms of the house are organised. This layout creates a cubic shaped building that guaranty the intimacy of the family.

 

With an Ottoman influence

On the yard or the internal garden, the influence of the Ottoman architecture is displayed through the presence of pillars and columns creating openings, topped by semi-circular arcs, in walls adorned with ceramic mosaics.

Detail of typical ceramic decorated wall.

In these ancien richly decorated palaces, several rooms and their alcoves are arranged in small lounges.

Richly decorated ceilings

In the main rooms, the ceilings can be covered by domes or copolas like those found in mosques.

Ceilings are covered with chiselled plaster.

Decoration of a dome ( chiselled plaster)

Decorated doors

Moucharabiehs and ironworks

Behind walls

Architecture