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Dar El Bey
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Dar El Bey (Arabic: دارالباي‎‎), also known as the government palace (Arabic: قصر الحكومة‎‎) is an old palace in the medina of Tunis, more precisely in the city's Kasbah. Nowadays, it serves as the office of the Head of Government of Tunisia but was used by guests of the State previously. It is located south of Government Square, west of Kasbah Square.
Governmental Palace
Native name
Tunisian Arabic: قصر الحكومة
AreaKasbah of Tunis
Built17th century
The palace was built in the 17th century during the reign of the Muradid Bey Hammuda Pasha Bey. In 1795 the Husainid Bey Hammuda Ibn Ali added another floor to it. Henri Dunant considers it as «the most beautiful moorish royal house in the world».[1]
It became the main office for the Head of the Tunisian government even before the independence. Mustapha Kaak was the first to fill that position.
The palace's decoration is very rich and diverse with, as an example, sixteen twisted columns with their arches in white marble: the rooms were designed by Tunisian, Spanish and Moroccan artists. These rooms are distinguished by their special rooftops highly decorated with painted scenes and precious materials, as well as Andalusian style faience. The courtyard is paved in white marble and surrounded by a portico.[2]
  1. ^ Henri Dunant, Notice sur la régence de Tunis, Genève, Imprimerie de Jules-Guillaume Fick, 1858, 261 p. (lire en ligne [archive]), p. 47
  2. ^ Henri Saladin, Tunis et Kairouan, Paris, Henri Laurens, coll. "Les Villes d'art célèbres", 1908, p. 52-53
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