Courts, patios and gardens are hiding behind the white walls of these cubic houses, they used to be  reserved to the quiet enjoyment of the notables who lived in these palaces.

 When coming trough the door, one rather often discovers lush gardens where bougainvilleas are next to jasmine, palm trees or eucalyptus.

To protect them from the drying effect of the often burning winds, such as the sirocco, and to protect the intimacy of the family, palace gardens  are surrounded with walls. The vegetation, organized by levels, brings shade and freshness. The upper level is occupied by big trees, palm trees, cedars or cypresses which provide a shade the sun can harely pierce. The intermediate level, that of colors and scents, is dedicated to flowering trees: bougainvilleas, oleanders, jasmine, orange trees and lemon trees. The last level is the one of water with ponds and fountains.

Inside the yard, doors and windows are painted in the traditional blue. The ground level is decorated in ceramic with geometrical drawings that are dear to Tunisians.

Inner yard of the city hall

Palm trees in some palace's garden.


Terrasse garden of the Ennejma palace

Decorated doors

Moucharabiehs and ironworks

Richly decorated interiors