Products at the souk En Nhas
View of the souk El Trouk
They are organized in several streets and alleys.
View of souk Ech-Chaouachine
Souk El Attarine
Entrance of souk El Attarine
Built in 1240 by the Hafsid
sovereign Abu Zakariya Yahya
, the souk El Attarine
or souk of perfumers is the oldest souk of Tunis.
It is located just behind the Al-Zaytuna Mosque
When this souk was built, nobles and business owners were the only ones with the right to do this job. Therefore, it was considered one of the finest. Fragrances compounds of rare and valuable species were sold, there was also incense
, as well as some cosmetics.
Souk El Berka
Boutique from souk El Berka
This souk has a square form, with a wooden platform in the middle which was the place where slaves were presented and waited for the outcome of the sale. Potential buyers were sitting on benches around the souk and participated in the auction
. The white slaves
, considered the rarest and most valuable, were not sold in the souk but in more remote locations because the sale concerned only wealthy potential buyers. The abolition of slavery in Tunisia was declared by Ahmad I ibn Mustafa
in 1846 and caused the transformation of the souk into souk of jewelers specializing in silverware
Souk El Bey
View of souk El Bey
Souk El Blaghgia
Different models of balghas in the souk
The souk El Blaghgia
was founded by Abu Zakariya Yahya
in the early 18th century. It is located between souk El Attarine and the Kasbah Street.
This souk is specialized in the sale of balghas
, a shoe made from leather.
Souk El Blat
Metal plate at the entrance of souk El Blat
Souk El Fekka
View of souk El Fekka
Souk El Grana
Old view of souk El Grana
Souk El Kmach
Entrance of souk El Kmach
Souk El Koutbiya
Souk El Leffa
The souk El Leffa
, also called Souk of Djerbians
, is known for the sale of wool
products through merchants from the island of Djerba
. Artisans also make the traditional sefseri
(a traditional outfit for women).
Souk El Nissa
El Nissa means Women in Arabic. This souk is located at the south of Al-Zaytuna Mosque
, near the souk of wool. Women used to come to buy and sell goods.
Souk El Trouk
View of souk El Trouk in 1899
The name of the souk El Trouk
is much debated, but there is an agreement that the word comes from tourk
(Turkish) in Arabic
, the word for Antiquities
This souk was built in 1620 by Yusuf Dey
. It is located between the Al-Zaytuna Mosque
and the centers of Ottoman power, the Kasbah and Dar El Bey
. It was dedicated to Turkish customers and craftsmen; Turkish craftsmen were replaced gradually by Jewish craftsmen.
This souk is now the place where items like flea markets and antiques are sold.
Souk En Nhas
Some products of souk En Nhas
Built under the Hafsid dynasty
, the souk En Nhas
or souk of copper is specialized in the sale of copper utensils
. It is located between the souk El Grana and the Kasbah Street.
Souk Es Sabbaghine
Metal plaque showing the name of the souk
The souk Es Sabbaghine
, or souk of Dyers, is located on the outskirts of the medina, far away from the Al-Zaytuna Mosque
is considered a polluting activity. The denomination Es Sabbaghine or Dyers
originates from the dyeing of wool
, cotton and silk.
Today, the souk sells a variety of products, especially ready-to-wear clothes
and shoes, but also fish and meat.
Souk Es Sarragine
Souk Es Sarragine
or Souk Es Sekajine is situated west of Al-Zaytuna Mosque
and east of Bab Menara gate. It is specialized in leather goods, saddles, and horse harnesses.
Notes and references
- ^ a b c d e "Médina de Tunis". inp.rnrt.tn (in French). Retrieved 17 November 2015.
- ^ a b "Souk el Attarine". culture.alecso.org (in French). Retrieved 20 December 2015.
- ^ "Souk Al Belghajiya". commune-tunis.gov.tn (in French). Retrieved 9 December 2015.
- ^ Walid Khefifi. "Souk El Blat entre phytothérapie et sorcellerie : randonnée dans un lieu magique de croyances populaires". tunisia-today.com (in French). Retrieved 27 December 2015.
- ^ Ousmane Wagué. "Souk El Blat : "Désherbage" et oubli". tunisia-today.com (in French). Retrieved 27 December 2015.
- ^ "Souk el Fekka". culture.alecso.org (in French). Retrieved 11 December 2015.
- ^ "Souk Al Grana". commune-tunis.gov.tn (in French). Retrieved 20 December 2015.
- ^ "Souk El Leffa". tunisiepromo.com (in French). Retrieved 3 January 2016.
- ^ Paul Sebag (1998). Tunis : histoire d'une ville (in French). Paris: L'Harmattan. pp. 366–367.
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