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Souk El Leffa
Souk El Leffa (Arabic: سوق اللَفة‎‎), also called Souk of Djerbians, is one of the souks of the medina of Tunis. It is called as such because it was mainly occupied by merchants from the Tunisian island of Djerba.
A metallic sign indicating Souk El Leffa
Location
The souk is situated at the heart of the medina of Tunis, next to the Al-Zaytuna Mosque. It continuous towards Souk Es Sekajine, constructed in the early 18th century and specialized today in selling leather crafts.[1]
History
An old image of the souk
Its construction was initiated by Yusuf Dey in the first half of the 17th century as part of an architectural complex resulting in an urban rehabilitation of 200 meters between the Al-Zaytuna Mosque and the kasbah.[2]
It is famous for its wool products trading thanks to merchants from the island of Djerba who mainly trade wool woven products from their island and surrounding regions, especially Gafsa, Tozeur and Djerid.[1] Some craftsmen also weave sefseri at this souk.[1]
Architecture
The souk is covered with barrel vaults made of bricks, with small openings which bring light and ventilation. At this souk, shops are raised about a meter in height by means of plates, which allows visitors and buyers to communicate better with merchants and to observe their goods.[1]
This souk is known to be calm comparing to other souks of Tunis.[1]
Evolution
Founded by Ottomans in the 17th century, being one of their first souks marking a new era in the history of Tunisia, its main activities today are the trading of various products such as textiles, bed covers, clothing, shoes and handicraft products.
Notes and references
  1. ^ a b c d e "Souk El Leffa". tunisiepromo.com. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  2. ^ Ahmed Saadaoui (2010), Tunis, ville ottomane : trois siècles d'urbanisme et d'architecture, Tunis: Centre de publication universitaire, p. 24, ISBN 978-9973-37-023-5
Last edited on 27 November 2020, at 22:50
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