Museum of Traditional Architecture

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The Museum of Traditional Architecture is housed in the Kasbah. This was built in 1849 and became the governor’s residence and HQ of the town militia. It has been carefully restored to house the museum.

Entry is off Plas de la Kasbah, through a splendid stone archway with a wooden door. There is a large open courtyard with a small ticket desk. (4TD + 1TD photo permit.) Steps lead up to the ramparts which give views along the Medina walls. Rooms in the walls have exhibitions about the Kasbah and traditional houses including house plans. In part of the courtyard there is a display showing the different types of columns from different periods in history. Another display shows how the walls were built with strengthening tree trunks in them. There is a colonnade which shows the different types of ceiling construction from arches to palm and citron wood which was popular as it didn’t rot.

There isn’t a lot of information but it is worth a visit if in Sfax.

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