It was only in the 13th century that the city became
the capital of the Hafsid reign (1229 to 1574).
With Sicily only 87 miles away, Tunis controlled the transit between eastern and western Mediterranean.
During the Hafsids, Tunis was considered a large,
cultural, and well planned city: The Zitouna Mosque,
built in 732, was a center of civilization and could
be considered as one of the first University.
Today, the ancient Medina (city) is considered as one of
the better-preserved Arab medieval medina in the world
thanks to the government’s multiple restoration
projects. There, you will encounter the
multiple handicrafts venders of the souks, or the
numerous palaces that turned into museums, like the
Museum of Popular Traditions and Arts located in the
old Turkish style palace of “Dar Ben Abdallah.”
In nearby Tunis, you visit the Bardo Museum.
Housed in a former palace of the Ottoman kings, the Bardo boasts the largest collection of mosaics in the world!