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Palace Dar Nejma Ezzahra
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Owner description: The home of Baron Rodolphe d'Erlanger, who was responsible for the blue and white color scheme of the town.
Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

Awesome view , Nice people. Had a long walk till Dar Nejma. Very touristic place. Crafts & arts to buy, really cheap compared to Tunis.

Thank Zaahira A
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Reviewed 22 November 2015

This palace was built as a symbol of love by a French Baron who loved his wife and offered her this palace as a gift but now it was transformed years ago in the Mediterranean Arab Music Center and i had the occasion to visit it few months ago and my only advice to you dear traveller is to visit it by yourself to discover this breath -taking palace and learn more about The Tunisian rich music culture

2  Thank Lutfy D
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Reviewed 5 October 2015

I had lived & worked in Tunisia for more than a year before I finally made it here to the palace called Ennejma Ezzahra (which apparently means "Star of Venus" in Arabic), built by the Baron Rudolpe d'Erlanger. And amazingly, in all that time, only two people had ever even mentioned this place to me. The interior design and craftsmanship are so beautiful that I do not understand why it remains so little known. However, I guarantee that once you have seen it, you will never forget it.

If you enjoy Oriental-type architecture & interior design, this is a definite must if you are in the Tunis area.

Allow plenty of time to do the tour with the audioguide as the history behind the house, the architecture and the lives of the owners are quite interesting.

As the palace is part of the Centre des Musiques Arabes et Méditerranéennes (Centre for Arabic and Mediterranean Music), there is a section with traditional musical instruments of the region that is also included in the visit. Unfortunately, I spent so much time marveling over the interior design of the home and listening to its history on the audioguide that I did not allow enough time to give this section its proper due.

If it is a beautiful day, it is also nice to take your time looking out over the sea and strolling around the gardens.

Concerts are also sometimes held in a large reception hall within the palace, and given the overall atmosphere, attending an evening musical event in that setting must be an amazing experience. Keep an eye out if you are in the area for any length of time.

For additional information:

There is a New York Times article from 1987 posted on internet called "In Tunisia, A Rare Visit To a Palace And Its Owner" which features the Baroness Edwina d'Erlanger daughter-in-law of Rudolphe, talking about the palace and the way in which it was built. (Sorry, according to the rules of Trip Advisor, I am not allowed to provide URL links in my reviews.)

To give you an idea of the grounds and the decor inside, there is a short video presentation of the palace in French that is currently posted on Youtube called "Le palais Ennejma Ezzahra : Dar El Baron d'Erlanger à Sidi Bou Saïd - #Tunisia". If you do not speak French, you can still watch the video footage to see photos of the amazing interior.

If you understand French, there is a great 25-minute documentary by ARTE also posted on Youtube, called "Trésors oubliés de la Méditerranée Palais du baron d'Erlanger, Tunisie Fr 2011 ARTE HD 2013".

5  Thank Renee S
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Reviewed 29 September 2015

If in Sidi Bou Said, do not mis the Ennejma Ezzahra Palace. It will give you an extraordinary experience, being kind of a well preserved oasis of nice views over the sea, and a remarkable story of a dedicated man making a difference in his time. The palace, now a museum owned by the state, is well kept and offers the visitor the pleasure of a fantastic interior and collections of old music instruments. Take time to study the story of Baron Rudolph d'Erlanger to have everything in perspective while walking around in the palace. The palace is used for small concerts, although I do not know the program, ticket prices etc. For classic music lovers, this could be an idea to explore.

Thank CarloWinther
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Reviewed 24 September 2015

A "must see" if going to Sidi Bou Said. An amazing house with an equally amazing history and mission. There are concerts there periodically -- western as well as Arab music -- but you have to keep sharp eye out to find the listings. In addition to the house, the grounds are lovely and the views over the Bay of Tunis are beautiful.

2  Thank CathyLen
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