Folk art museum, Sfax
In a XVIIIth century patrician house, in the heart of the medina of the capital of the south, a regional museum of popular arts and traditions has been established.
The house itself was bequeathed by one of the great families of the Sfaxian bourgeoisie and is in the pure classical style of stately Tunisian houses, behind a relatively modest façade. The four T shaped rooms are laid out around a square courtyard, one on each side. The “reception area” opposite the entranceway, was flanked by alcoves on each side that were used as storerooms and with at each end of the main part of the room, a recess designed for holding a bed. The rooms were self contained apartments generally occupied by the descendants grouped around the patriarch. Dar Jallouli is built on two floors.
These rooms, especially those on the ground floor, portray reconstructed scenes from traditional daily life in the city of Sfax marked by the urban-rural duality, since the population spent a good part of the year in their jnen (type of farm) that lay on the outskirts of the city until recently.
Sfax (Arabic: صفاقس, Safaqis, or /sfa:qs/ in Tunisian Arabic, whence the French name) is a city in Tunisia, located 270 km (168 miles) southeast of Tunis. The city, founded in AD 849 on the ruins of Taparura and Thaenae, is the capital of the Sfax governorate, and a Mediterranean port on the Gulf of Gabes. Sfax has population of 340,000 (2005), and is an industrial center for processing phosphates. The city is often described as Tunisia's Second city, because only Tunis has more inhabitants.
By the end of the 10th century Sfax had become an independent city state. The city was conquered by Roger of Sicily in 1148 and occupied until it was liberated in 1156 by local forces, and was briefly occupied by European forces again, this time by the Spanish, in the 16th century. Sfax became an integral base of the Barbary piracy, prompting an unsuccessful invasion by Venice in 1785. In the late 19th century Sfax and the rest of Tunisia were conquered by France and incorporated into the French empire. During World War II, the Axis powers used the city as a major base until they were defeated by British forces. After World War II, Tunisia was returned to France only to gain independence in 1956. (Source: patrimoinedetunisie.com & wikipedia)
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ifege (10225) 2011-03-03 1:10
This photo reminds me of some of the museums in Morocco, especially Marrakesh -well captured.
snunney (84805) 2011-03-03 1:30
A splendid capture of this lovely interior with its fine decorations. The point of view is well chosen and the image has good colours and sharpness.
siudzi (33925) 2011-03-03 1:52
Very nice place with great decorations, colors and beautiful warm light. Like your composition, point of view, exposure. Well seen and taken. TFS.
besnard (53754) 2011-03-03 1:56
Il a une superbe architecture ce musée et tu as su la cadrer de belle façon.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
paura (47166) 2011-03-03 3:01
As formas arquitetônicas são magníficas e estão muito bem mostradas. Linda fotografia, amigo.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-03-03 3:18
Beautiful interior captured very well.Very fine architecture. Excellent colors and good pov.
npecanhuk (66276) 2011-03-03 5:01
Wonderful architectural details!
Very beautiful picture with excellent sharpness, exposure, chosen pov, colors, contrasts, horizontal format, black & white borders, composition and pp!
TFS - congrats,
prasun984 (5590) 2011-03-03 5:06
godd architecture photo...I like the POV,colour tone,sharpness...the human who is sitting down create a great composition for this picture...
Sergiom (61054) 2011-03-03 5:26
Les décorations de ce musée sont très belles avec toute cette céramique, les belles galeries toutes en vert , le combat entre les ombres et la lumière forment une très belle composition.
paninho (2931) 2011-03-03 10:17
Belle lumière et jolis contrastes dans cette photo par ailleurs très graphique!
vasilpro (40933) 2011-03-03 13:38
Wonderful decoration details on the walls, interesting architecture, lovely light and colors, beautiful composition from an excellent POV.
Warm regards, Vasilis.
siamesa (27743) 2011-03-03 14:10
Boa noite George
The details of the walls are beautifuls.Amazing architecture. Perfect point of view.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-03-03 14:18
Good evening George,
Many beautiful things on this photo. The neatness allows to see number of details of this very characteristic architecture. The quality of the realization is excellent as usual. Bravo.
Have a nice evening
hispic (9652) 2011-03-03 18:58
Tunisian mosaic attracts the eye, it has been very sharply depicted with making good use of the strong sunlight. In spite of difficult shape, sharpness has been very expertly applied except green handrail. Beautiful work.
Best wishes, Hisashi
jjcordier (76850) 2011-03-03 22:43
Ton cadrage et la lumière du moment font ressortir à merveille la beauté architecturale du lieu (dont je n'ai pas souvenir bien qu'ayant vécu 1 an à Sfax!)
Graal (97813) 2011-03-03 23:48
Jó napot George,
beautiful details of architecture. Very nice place and presentation. Good note about the museum and Sfax. Well quality of photo. I like it.
Have a nice day.
dkmurphys (50006) 2011-03-04 1:28
What a picturesque corner. Great architecture details, quite an impressive place. Good shot, excellent calm atmosphere by introducing the lady into the capture.
Have a good weekend.
timecapturer (49280) 2011-03-04 3:47
wonderfully detailed and sharp with an inspired POV to bring all the colour and wonderful shapes into perspective. Well controlled light and exposure and perfect DOF. A beautiful image.
bona (12841) 2011-03-04 7:59
Here again the same pretty architecture.
I think I could pass a day only photographing this place. How long you stay there in Sfax?
Beautiful colors, details, sharpness.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-08
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-03-03 1:06