Bourguiba Mausoleum Monastir Reviews
A Tribute to the First President Jun 30, 2016
The Bourguiba Mausoleum is located in the Cemetery of Monastir, close to the Bourguiba Mosque and Ribat. Habib Bourguiba, who was born and died in Monastir( 1903- 2000), was the first president of Tunisia after its independence from the French. The mausoleum was built in 1963.
The Mausoleum building is an imposing building all in marble. In the ground floor on the right there are three rooms. In the second room you can see the president's personal things, photographies from his life, two window cases with the President's traditional Tunisian clothes and another with European formal suit. In other two rooms are tombs of his family members.
On the left of these rooms, in the middle of the circular room there is a massive tomb. The president's white chair is in front of his tomb. There is a massive chandelier hanging above it under a golden dome. Two smaller green domes are on either side over the tombs of family members. Two storeys are above with walkways round. The whole building is gorgeous and very impressive.
Outside of the building, in the huge courtyard, there are two slender minarets with the facade in a beautifully delicate tiling work. The mausoleums' courtyard is surrounded by a nice and high, black fence and well protected by guard.
The mausoleum is open for all visitors ( no special dress code) every day from 8 a.m. to 8p.m. There is no entrance fee, unlike at the entrance to the mausoleum of the first Yugoslav president Tito in Belgrade, who was Bourguiba's contemporary and friend.
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