La Marsa… the cradle of depressing palaces

P / Tunisia / Hajar Al-Shirni

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Tunisia has a cosmopolitan id and a wealthy architectural heritage. With its buildings courting again to a number of historic eras, Tunisia acquires grandiose structure, majestic and timeless appeal. Anadolu Company has returned to the historical past of essentially the most well-known Belish mansions within the Marina.

Within the coronary heart of La Marsa, the various monuments of this port metropolis positioned within the northern suburbs of Tunis testify to the Ba’id interval. Distinctive architectural gems inform of Tunisia’s dystopian previous. Sadly, a number of shortcomings disappeared and others managed to carry out over time.

Qubbat al-Hawa, Al-Sada (Palace of Happiness), Abdaliah or Dar Al-Bey, are organic palaces positioned within the marina.

The Baili dynasty, which dominated Tunisia from 1705 to 1957, witnessed a succession of 19 Bayis who owned many residences in Tunisia and its suburbs, particularly in Bardo, La Manouba, La Marsa, and Carthage.

Within the mid-Nineteenth century, town of La Marsa, positioned between Inform Sidi Bou Mentioned and the cliff of Ras Gammarth, grew to become the seat of the Husseini dynasty.

Mehmet Ali Bey, a descendant of the Beyli household, stated: “Mehmed Pasha Bey (1855-1859) established an enormous Beylikduty space consisting of a number of buildings within the palace of Dar al-Taj (Beit al-Taj).”

* historical palaces

Dome of Hawa, with its well-known dome that adorns the seaside, bears witness to Tunisian life, particularly through the summer time interval.

The image of La Marsa, this magical mansion that mixes nostalgia and originality is the Bailey Palace constructed within the Nineteen Twenties, in line with the municipality of La Marsa.

Nevertheless, some historians level out that the development dates again to the reign of Ali Bey III (1882-1902). Others consider that this constructing was constructed within the early Thirties, whereas others testify that this pavilion was constructed through the reign of Ali ibn Hussein Bey, across the second half of the nineteenth century.

“This particular place allowed the Baili household to benefit from the sea through the summer time, however above all to wash out of sight,” stated Muhammed Ali Bey, Vice President of the Historical past and Reconciliation Society.

As well as, “Not removed from the dome you possibly can see the ‘Maawma’ (vacation home), which has a gap that enables girls (princesses) to wash quietly out of sight.

The palace was constructed, in actual fact, in an eclectic type, a mix of intervals with a mix of types of various origins, the place the Artwork Deco type mingles with the Moorish type.

“This Baili pavilion in addition to different palaces have been the topic of a number of transformations and have undergone a number of transformations (eating places/business tasks, and many others.) which, amongst different issues, have tarnished their originality,” he lamented.

* Palace of happiness .. Palace of happiness

The town of Saada is positioned just a few meters from the Qubbat al-Hawa, which within the mid-nineteenth century grew to become the seat of the Husseini dynasty. At the moment, the Bey Mehmet Pasha Bey put in an enormous beylik space there consisting of a number of buildings within the Dar al-Taj Palace (the Crown Home, the Bailey Palace now not exists at this time). Ali Bey resided there completely from 1859 till his loss of life in 1902.

The palace, which now homes the seat of the municipality, was the scene of the signing of the settlement between Tunisia and France in June 1883. Subsequently, the 2 events drafted the Bardo Treaty of Might 12, 1881 to ascertain the French protectorate in Tunisia.

The spokesman famous that “the Palace of Happiness was additionally the place the place the primary president of the republic, Habib Bourguiba, acquired the dignitaries on an official go to to Tunisia.”

Happiness is constructed in the midst of a big wooded backyard adorned with crops, shrubs and timber fabricated from all origins. It additionally contains an exhibition of portray distributed in three rooms through which exhibitions are held.

Its big park, exquisitely adorned with varied flowers and crops, is open to the general public who come to take a stroll and benefit from the exhale of Marseille. This coastal metropolis north of Tunis was through the years the residence of the bey, particularly after the development of many palaces and residences, till the eve of the proclamation of the republic in 1957.

* Abdaliah Palace .. a masterpiece

Labeled as a historic monument since Might 3, 1923, the Abdaliah Palace’s historical past and origins stay unclear to at the present time. Its essential entrance opens below a portico with three arches resting on stone pillars and Turkish capitals.

On the entrance, the door is nailed below a damaged arch. The primary entrance room referred to as “Dripa” was used as a courtroom or courtroom.

In accordance with data collected on the “Museum With out Borders” web site (Museum With out Borders), Abdaliah has “a dome on nook spurs in shells adorned with sculpted plaster from the Husseiniya bouquet.”

As for the partitions, “they’re lined with Italian porcelain from the nineteenth century, with a staircase resulting in the courtyard and the flats.”

In actual fact, its basis dates again to the sixteenth century and “constitutes the one testomony to civil structure for residential use within the Hafsid interval,” wrote Mohamed El Aziz Ben Achour, a Tunisian historian and college specialist in trendy city, social and cultural historical past. Tunisia and Islamic Civilization in an article printed in Leaders journal.

In accordance with him, the title of the palace ” is derived from the title of the Sultan who ordered the development of this architectural gem. Abu Abdullah Muhammad (1494-1526) was “the emir of the Hafsid dynasty that dominated present-day Tunisia and a part of Tripoli and western Algeria from the thirteenth to the sixteenth centuries.”

The identical supply defined that this primitive dwelling consists of three palaces linked collectively by a large backyard that extends from the irrigated agriculture space in Al-Ahwaish (a city within the marina) to the ocean.

It have to be stated that Abdaliah I used to be within the sector referred to as Al-Hafsi, within the space of ​​the current TGM station, on the Marina Corniche.

“It’s the former Ismail Bey palace, and it was renovated in 1900,” reassured the president of the affiliation, recalling on this sense that “the second was positioned close to the Sav-Sav cafe.”

And Muhammad Ali Bey stated: “As for the third Abdaliyah, or the Nice Abdaliyah, it’s positioned within the metropolis of Marsa.”

* Ahmed Bey Palace.. The Bey Home is in ruins

It is arduous to consider that this constructing as soon as lived in its full glory. At present, Ahmed Bey Palace is in peril. The Hafsid Sultan Abu Abdullah Muhammad rebuilt the palace round 1500, dealing with the row of the row, and the palace was later rebuilt by Hussein bin Ali (1705-1735) and his son Ali Bey (1759-1782).

‘Between 1814 and 1824 Mahmut Bey had resided there, after which Ahmet Bey (1835-1855) ceded this mansion to his uncle Depend Ravu in 1847’, our interlocutor nonetheless remembers.

In accordance with the descendants of this bey, these architectural gems are actually largely forgotten. Nevertheless, the grandiose structure of the Baikal Tunisia bears witness to such a wealthy previous.

In accordance with him, these architectural jewels “ need to be preserved and preserved and that future generations ought to know the true historical past of Tunisia and discover out extra in regards to the lifetime of the Albayans.”

Once you cross in entrance of some palaces, some buildings stay unknown. The Tunisian authorities have been blamed for turning a blind eye to the greater than 250-year historical past of the rule of the Ba’id dynasty.”

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