Souk El Berka
is one of the souks
of the medina of Tunis
. The market traders specialize in the jewellery trade.
Souk El Berka.
El Berka was built by Yusuf Dey
in 1612 and was meant to sell slaves
coming from the Sub-Saharan Africa
. Slaves of European origin, considered rarer and more precious, were not sold in the souk but in private locations because the sale concerned only wealthy potential buyers. This souk turned into a jewelers' souk after the abolition of slavery in Tunisia
, decreed by Ahmad I ibn Mustafa
Old slaves souk in the medina of Tunis.
Located at the crossroads of four streets, Souk El Berka takes a square shape and has three aisles separated by two rows of columns.
Formerly a wooden platform at the centre was the place where slaves were presented (that was the origin of the name berka
) and waited for the outcome of the sale. The place was covered by a central dome and several side vaults.
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