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“A palatial residence not to be missed”

Centre des Musiques Arabes et Mediterraneennes
Reviewed 28 July 2017

What is today the Centre of Arab and Mediterranean Music was till some 30 years ago the palatial residence of a wealthy French family. The palace was built by Baron D'Erlanger in the outskirts of Sidi Bou Said, as a luxurious Andalusian home facing the sea and the plains around Tunis. Whether you are interested in music and instruments or not, the place deserves a visit for the affluence and the refinement of it interior, that draws inspiration from the Alhambra Palace in Granada - an Arabic dream of high class.The gardens that surround the Palace are rich in flowers and trees and enjoy a beautiful view.

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Reviewed 8 March 2017

The fact that Sidi Bou Said is one of the most beautiful places of the tunisian Mediteranian cost is due to Baron Rodolphe d'Erlanger, son of a french banker with german roots. He moved to Sidi Bou Said in 1912 and dedicated himself to the protection and conservtion of the ancient village. The Baron himself built a villa called „Nejma Ez-Zahre“ („sparkling star“) – for decades a meeting place for artists and bohemians from all over Europe (last but not least Paul Klee, August Macke and Louis Moilliet > see Café de Nattes). Today the property is a museum for maghrebian music. Even if you are not too much into music you can enjoy the garden, the architecture and the great view.

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Reviewed 25 April 2016

I have been here 2-3 times. If you only visit in order to get to know about Baron d'Erlanger's great work in collecting musical instruments and other arab music culture, take also some time to enjoy the great architecture this house offers. It was build during more than 10 years, much of the time spent creating fantastic ceiling carvings.

Palace/Museum acts also in a music venue creating beautiful surroundings for any kind of music.

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Reviewed 5 December 2014

I do recommend checking out if during your stay there will be a concert in the Centre. It was a privilege to attend an arabic concert of traditional Malouf music, Incredible!

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