Hall of the Bardo museum
This is the oldest and the most important of Tunisian museums. Over a century ago, it was established in the premises of a Beylical palace, for the most part built in the mid XIXth century, and which has retained all the features of a princely residence. It underwent several refurbishments to adapt to the expanding collections and to the ever-increasing flows of visitors, but today it is undergoing a huge restructuring plan to improve its visibility and legibility.
Thousands of objects originating from excavations carried out all over the country during the XIXth and XXth centuries are on display. These are divided into departments between fifty or so rooms and galleries, illustrating the various stages of Tunisia’s history, from prehistory to the middle of the last century, which in chronological order are prehistory, the Punic-Libyic period, the Roman and early Christian periods, with the Vandal and Byzantine eras, and finally, the Islamic period running to contemporary times.
Thanks to its collection of mosaics, the Bardo museum has gained an international reputation for the richest, the most varied and the most refined collection. Amongst the finest pieces it holds are the representation of Virgil surrounded by muses, or the pavement of Dionysos giving Ikarios the gift of the vine, or another celebrating the triumph of Neptune, to mention only a few of the key exhibits. But these are not the museum’s only assets.
Amongst the Bardo’s major exhibits is the “hermaion”, an altar dating to the Mousterian period (-40 000 years ) considered as one of the very earliest forms of human spiritual expression: a conical shaped pile 75cm high and 1.50 m wide , composed of more than 4000 pieces of flint, bones and limestone balls.
From the Punic period there is a superb solid gold armour belonging to a Campanian warrior, jewellery, the stele of a priest carrying a child for sacrifice as well as many refined funerary furnishings originating from various Mediterranean countries belonging to the Museum’s Greek and Egyptian collection.
The Greek collection was providentially enriched by underwater excavations carried out during the 40’s off the town of Mahdia, in the wreak of a ship that sank during a storm around the first century and that was carrying furniture and architectural elements for a Hellenistic era patrician dwelling. Amongst the masterpieces retrieved from the seabed is a superb 1,20m high bronze Agon.
The Roman period has provided the Bardo with most of its collections: mosaics, of course, but also statues, pottery, jewellery, coins, religious objects, utilitarian objects etc.
The Islamic department, housed in an Arab-Islamic setting, encloses objects from various periods, manuscripts, jewellery, carved stone and wood, utilitarian objects. Two small rooms, around an elegant patio, enclose objects that once belonged to the reigning family and a third room contains Jewish religious objects.
Tunis (Arabic: تونس, Tūnis) is the capital of the Tunisian Republic and also the Tunis Governorate, with a population of 1,200,000 in 2008. It is Tunisia's largest city.
Situated on a large Mediterranean gulf, (the Gulf of Tunis), behind the Lake of Tunis and the port of La Goulette (Halq al Wadi), the city extends along the coastal plain and the hills that surround it. At the centre of more modern development (colonial era and post) lies the old medina. Beyond this section lie the suburbs of Carthage, La Marsa, and Sidi Bou Said.
The medina is found at the centre of the city: a dense agglomeration of alleys and covered passages, full of intense scents and colours, boisterous and active trade, a surfeit of goods on offer ranging from leather to plastic, tin to the finest filigree, tourist souvenirs to the works of tiny crafts-shops. (Source: planetware & tunisguide & wikipedia)
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delpeoples (58356) 2011-02-24 1:17
Szia dear Gyorgy
A wonderful Point of View with the statue like that. She seems to be turning her back to the camera, k=just like a person in real life. The light is really good and the colours so lovely and uniform. Excellent job.
TFS & kellemes napot kivanok
mauro61 (52857) 2011-02-24 1:24
immagine come sempre molto curata e particolari ben colti grazie ad un taglio perfetto eseguito bene come sempre.
Un caro saluto
williewhistler (16398) 2011-02-24 1:50
Hello George,your exposure level is very good as the fine detail is visable throughout the image.
The statue looking in makes a nice border for the shot.
Best regards Les.
csabagaba (6636) 2011-02-24 2:26
ó beltéri fotó, kis torzítással. Jó kompozició, a szobor a jobb sarokban telitalálat.A beltérben az iszlám építéászet rengeteg eleme megtalálható. Most nézem csak, hogy az angoloknál látott "kalapács-mennyezet" elemei, - a lelógó alátámasztatlan boltív záróelemek itt is megtalálhatók- Jó hatású fotó, gratulálok.
Mosmá' télleg nagyon kéne a meleg. Már a lelkem is fázik.
carlosmarin (11954) 2011-02-24 3:53
great POV of the main hall of the Museum of Bardo.
Good frame with the sculpture on the side of the photo, and a beautiful view of the roof.
npecanhuk (75502) 2011-02-24 3:58
Wonderful interior details!
Very attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, contrasts, black & white borders and, above all, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
snunney (100154) 2011-02-24 4:01
A well crafted image of this splendid museum interior that I remember visiting over twenty years ago. The lighting is excellent helping to bring out the detail to great effect. Superb sharpness and lovely warm tones. I trust that it has survived the recent upheavals.
JFS (32459) 2011-02-24 5:10
Wonderful light to present us this old and interesting museum. Great POV too!
jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-02-24 5:49
The interior design of the museum is beautiful. The exposed rooms are certainly fascinating. I appreciate the correctness of the exposure, and the quality of the neatness. A magnificent photo. Bravo.
Have a nice day
dkmurphys (59279) 2011-02-24 5:52
Good scene from the museum. The well known calm atmosphere and the game of lights. The ornaments are also impressive. Well seen, have a great evening.
Sergiom (80830) 2011-02-24 6:13
J'ai visité ce musée et ta photo reflčte bien la beauté de l'endroit, la lumičre qui s'en dégage et les belles pičces qui y sont présentées.
SnapRJW (31629) 2011-02-24 9:07
Hello George - I really like your POV with the statue in the foreground creating a good frame. You have managed the light nicely and the fine details of the interior are well captured. Congratulations on a pleasing image. Best regards Rosemary
Schnappilic (9690) 2011-02-24 11:51
A good POV to show us a big part of this beautiful museum. TFS!
siamesa (28121) 2011-02-24 13:48
Boa noite George
Perfect sharpness and a marvelous view of this museum.It seems a photo in 3D. Congratulations for the superb work.
mesutilgim (95400) 2011-02-24 14:47
Hi dear George,
Perfect pov with the half torso at right. Nice layout and very good and usefull notes.
TFS and best regards
vasilpro (41317) 2011-02-24 22:43
Good morning George,
Wonderful interior composition, lovely light and colors, excellent POV, interesting architecture details, TFS!
Have a nice day, Vasilis.
bona (13737) 2011-02-25 4:31
Hi George, I really like indoors of museums, it pass good vibrations to me. But have more then two years that I enter inside one (I live far away from the downtown where most of museums are placed).
Your photo is very beautiful, whit great light and shaprnes. I like the statue in FB. I be curious about the museum name, Bardo. In portugues Bardo means a people how tell a history by poems and singing.
I be curious to visit this place.
jjcordier (79297) 2011-02-25 10:19
Tu as fait une trčs jolie présentation de ce musée d'une si grande richesse. Belle composition et jolis tons d'image.
Graal (102928) 2011-02-26 0:28
Jó napot George,
very nice details of architecture. An interesting hall. Good vertical composition and presentation it place. I like it.
Have a nice day.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-09
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/45 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-02-24 1:13