Bardo Museum

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Tunis, Tunisia
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RobertPenna RobertPe…
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Mosaics from Roman Era Sep 09, 2010
If you are into ancient Roman mosaics, this is the place for you. They are displayed in an old Turkish palace next to what is the Tunisian Parliament House. The mosaics range from early Roman to the later Christian era. There is one baptismal font that is absolutely breath-taking. Well worth the trip - a must see in Tunis. Just one word of caution, there was no air conditioning in early September and it is hot.
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Bardo Museum Dec 29, 2009
The Bardo museum is the best museum in Tunis and probably in all of the country. The museum is located in the old home of the Bey of Tunisia and is in itself one of finest palaces of Tunisia. Hence the building in itself could be an attraction. The rooms are decorated by tiles which are forming small pictures on the wall. The roof has got beautifully handcrafted details which must have taken ages for the craftsmen to finish.

But what people come to see are the amazing mosaics which have been collected here from all over Tunisia. Several of the mosaics were brought to the museum to form a part of the floors of the palace. First these would only be for the benefit of the Bey but fortunately the palace is now open for the public so everybody can come and marvel at the amazing mosaics.

You can spend hours walking through the different halls to look at the mosaics - at times you can’t even avoid walking on the exhibition because they take up the entire room. Unfortunately this is taking its toll on some of the mosaics which is somewhat worn out by the thousands of people who are walking over the mosaics.

Some of the mosaics are incredibly detailed and you can hardly see it is a mosaic and not a painting if you are standing ten meters away from them. Others depict big scenes from ancient legends and you can see the gods in all their might. Only little downside with some of the huge mosaics is you really need to be hanging ten meters above them in mid air to get the best perspective - only in a few rooms can you go up on a floor above to look down at the mosaics.
Room in the museum
One of the mosaics
One of the mosaics

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