Republic of Tunisia
Ministry of Cultural Affairs

Overview

Overview

The National Museum of Islamic Arts of Raqqada- Kairouan

The National Museum of Islamic Arts of Raqqada-Kairouan is established in a former presidential residency turned into a cultural and educational venue on November 14, 1986. The museum of Raqqada is the largest museum dedicated to the collections of Islamic artefacts in Tunisia. It contains treasures of international renown exhibited in seven rooms distributed on the ground floor and first floor, in addition to a   room for   educational activities.  The collections are distributed as follows:

On the first floor:

The Great Mosque Hall, which houses wooden elements from this prestigious place of worship, such as friezes decorated with plant motifs and calligraphy that were part of the ceiling. The room also houses the door of the maqsura (closet) of the Zirid Amir Al-Muizz ibn Badis and a beautiful wooden model of the entire monument on a 1:50 scale.

The Ceramics and Glass Room houses artefacts from the Fatimid, Hafsid, and Ottoman eras that have been recovered from excavations at Raqqadah and Sabra al-Mansuriyah; those from the Aghlabid period are characterized by the use of luster techniques, archaic kufic script, and stylized zoomorphic and anthropomorphic designs. This space also displays a collection of blue-colored Iznik ceramic tiles dating back to the 16th century and tiles made in the workshops of Qallaline in Tunis, dating back to the 17th century.

On the first floor:

The mosaic room, where rare Islamic mosaics from Raqqada and Mahdia are displayed.

The lapidary inscriptions room, houses an Aglabid and Ottoman sundials, commemorative inscriptions, flat prismatic funerary stelae and columns from the cemetery of Kairouan.

La salle des manuscrits qui renferme une riche collection de feuillets de coran sur parchemin appartenant à la bibliothèque de la Grande mosquée de Kairouan   témoignant de l’évolution des styles d’écriture et d’ornementation (du IIle H./VIIIe ap. J.C.  au VIIIe H./XIV siècle ap. J.C. La pièce maitresse est sans conteste le fameux parchemin bleu. On y trouve aussi de somptueux spécimens de reliures en cuire rehaussées de décors floraux et géométriques dont certains remontant au IXe s. ap. J.C. ainsi qu’une remarquable collection de Corans et de livres d’exégèse et de hadith qui se distinguent par la qualité de leurs enluminures.

La Salle des bronzes (dite salle de la coupole) : elle abrite des objets en bronze et une série de lanternes remontant au Moyen-âge dont la lanterne d’Al-Muizz ibn Badis qui éclairait la Grande mosquée, des figurines zoomorphiques décoratives et surtout des instruments chirurgicaux.

La salle des monnaies et des poids conserve une importante collection de pièces de monnaies remontant aux époques  aghlabide, fatimide, hafside et ottomane et retraçant retraçant l’histoire économique de l’Ifriqiya durant plus de six siècles.  . Une vitrine est consacrée aux poids à  peser.

Situation

Center

To see

- Musuem

Horary

Summer timing: 08:00 - 14:00

Winter timing: 09:00 - 16:00

Ramadan timing:08:00 -14:00

Visit cost

Resident: 4 Dt

Non-resident: 5 Dt

Observations

Closed Monday

Conveniences

- Wc

- Shop

- Cafeteria

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