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Bab El Bhar, Tunis

#4 of 21 in Historic Sites in Tunis
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Admire ancient stonemasonry at Bab El Bhar, an impressive stone city gate at the Victory Square. Originally built during the Aghlabid period in the 9th century, the present-day yellow stone structure was constructed in 1860 on orders of the French consul. Also known as Porte de France, the gate separates the Old City from the new European-style city. A crenellated parapet with a calligraphy tablet tops the 8 m (26 ft) tall arch which once connected the Old City to the docks. Check out an iron mark, showing the point of the gate lying 7 m (23 ft) below the sea level. Well-lit at night, the gate serves as a landmark of the city. Plan your Bab El Bhar visit and explore what else you can see and do in Tunis using our Tunis tour itinerary planner.
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  • It s the heart of the city..near by shops and restaurants...facing the old souk I really like to walk around though most of the times bothered with the exchange agent or baggers... Mi d thieves don.....  more »
  • This is the entrance to the souks. Its nice. People congregate around here drinking coffee and sweets. The water fountain is nice. Great place to sit and people watch.  more »
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