Tourbet El Bey Mausoleum is the necropolis of the reigning princes of the Husseinite dynasty and their families. This dynasty ruled Tunisia from 1705 to 1957.
The monument dates from the second half of the 18th century. Imposing, irregular quadrangular in shape, it is pierced on the outside with rectangular windows. Its terrace was decorated with domes, the main ones of which were covered with round green tiles in the shape of scales.
Access is through a monumental door leading to a large hall whose decoration shows a clear Italian influence. This will be confirmed inside the monument while blending with the Ottoman style which appears in the main room where the reigning princes were buried and which itself is a distant reflection of the plan of Saint Sophia, in Turkey.
A patio covered with slabs and dotted with graves separates the hall from the main room and gives access to other rooms, some of which communicate with each other. There, lie the relatives and relatives of the sovereigns, the male deceased being recognizable by the hairstyle carved in marble and surmounting the epitaph and the women being indicated by simple plaques.
The ceilings, sometimes in the shape of a vault, sometimes developed into a cupola, are embellished with geometric and vegetal decorations chiseled in the stucco, sometimes polychrome. The walls are usually lined with ceramic tiles.
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– Closed for restoration.