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The National Museum of Bardo

The National Museum of Bardo was housed in a former palace Bey. This is the most important archaeological museums in the Maghreb and one of the world's richest in Roman mosaics. Created in 1882 and inaugurated in 1888 under the name "Alaoui Museum", in 1956 he took the name "National Museum of Bardo." These collections have developed rapidly thanks to the inexhaustible fertility of archaeological Tunisian soil, they are divided into six counties in the major stages in the history of Tunisia.
Department of Prehistory:
Located on the ground floor, it provides insight into the richness and variety of prehistoric sites in Tunisia.
Department Libyco-Punic:
It includes a set of rooms on the ground floor (room Baal Hammon, ceramics room and a corridor are exposed steles néopuniques). Room, first floor, is devoted to a valuable collection of Punic jewelery. These objects come mainly from the sites of Carthage, Hadrumetum, Utica, etc..
Romain Department:
The largest museum. It houses sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, constituting a living testimony to the evolution of art in Tunisia in Roman times. It is characterized, in the particular field of sculpture, by the coexistence of a traditional power, attached to the past Libyan-Punic and a current standard, developed especially in cities heavily Romanized.
But it is especially an impressive collection of mosaics is famous Bardo Museum.These mosaics are a wonderful picture book that provides valuable information on the social, economic, religious and cultural Tunisia at that time.
Department Chrétien:
Baptisteries, sarcophagi, terra cotta tiles and many mosaics demonstrate the vitality of African Christianity, the tiles were used to decorate walls and ceilings of the basilicas and offer biblical themes, hagiographic or simply symbolic.
The mosaics are from religious buildings, they illustrate themes borrowed from the new cult. The most numerous are mosaics tomb contained the image of the deceased. But this is the baptistery mosaic Kélibia which is the jewel in this department.
Department Arabo-Muslim:
The collections are divided into two sections: One section of the medieval Muslim and a section of Popular Arts and Traditions.
In the first, outlined various archaeological finds and sites Raqqada Sabra in the region of Kairouan: the eleventh century Fatimid glass, ceramic fragments decorated sometimes figuratively, astrolabes, Kufic inscriptions, pages of Koran, binders and tissues originating in Egypt from pre-Islamic times until the Abbasid era.
In the second section, you can admire objects of hammered copper, a collection of weapons and musical instruments, silver objects, jewelery and items of adornment urban and rural as well as ceremonial clothing of various regions of Tunisia.
Department of underwater excavations of Mahdia
The Greek art of this department have been found off Mahdia, in the wreckage of a ship which sank in 86 BC Three excavations (between 1907 and 1954) were required for reassembly of part of the cargo of this ship. It consisted mainly of works of art in bronze and marble, from Athens, there are genuine masterpieces.
This is the case for example of Agon to the Hermes-pillar signed by Boethos of Chalcedon.

Musée du Bardo

Monnaie punique en electrum

( Epoque Sévérienne)

Naine dansante (IIe moitié du IIe siècle )

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 12:38