El Cobb Museum in Sousse
The El Cobb Museum is located in the heart of the medina of Sousse. It is a small museum with two dozen rooms on three floors. In the rooms, the mannequins show scenes from life in Tunisia in the old days.
Despite its modest size, the El Cobb Museum is worth a look. For tourists in the medina of Sousse, two objects are of primary interest: the Archaeological Museum and the Ribat . The El Cobb Museum is right in the middle between them.
The entrance to the museum costs 2 dinars, as the saying goes, "it's cheaper only for free." If it's on the way and cheap, why not go?
The second reason is that there is a clean toilet. This is important, because in the medina to find a toilet is problematic.
The third reason is the oldest surviving hotel in Tunisia.
How to get there
Map of the medina of Sousse with the designation of the museum of El Cobb, other attractions and the tourist route, see our article " Medina Sussa ".
If you go from the archaeological museum to the rebate (or back), then there are two options. The first is to go outside the medina along the wall. This option is nice, because here is a beautiful park. But for tourists, the second option is more interesting - to go through the medina, see the narrow streets, shops, white walls and blue doors of houses. In this case it is convenient on the way to go to the Al-Cobb Museum.
If you go from the archaeological museum.
After leaving the museum, turn left, walk along the wall to the gate of the medina and enter this gate. You will be on Rue d'Angelterre (English street - one of the central streets of the medina of Sousse). This street is easy to recognize, it goes down in large steps.
Go forward ( see photo ), walk past the mosque ( photo ) until the street becomes covered. After that, after another 50 meters you will see that the roof is not there again. Here is the museum of El Cobb, look for the entrance and the sign ( photo ).
If you go from rebate.
Go from the Great Mosque along Rue el Aghalba Street, this is a great street, it can not be confused with anything. If you stand facing the entrance to the Great Mosque, then this street goes to the right. According to Rue el Aghalba, walk 20 meters and turn left onto Rue d'Annelterre. Further the street becomes covered, and then there will be a skylight, here you search for an input in a museum.
Do not hesitate to ask the local phrase "Muzi al-kobba", they are friendly people, they'll show you the way. In the Souss medina, almost every house has a street name, it helps to navigate.
Tickets look at the photo on the left, click on the photo to enlarge.
For an adult visitor - 2 Tunisian dinars;
For a child - 1 dinar;
Permission to take photos - 1 dinar;
The permission to videotape is 3 dinars.
The current exchange rate of the Tunisian currency can be found in our article " Tunisian Dinar ".
Every day from 8-00 to 18-00.
What to see
Until 1960 there was a caravanserai (a place for overnight lodging and rest for merchants). In fact, this is the oldest surviving hotel of Sousse and all of Tunisia.
Once there was a hammam (bath) in the caravan-sara necessary.
The main question of tourists: "What in the museum in Tunisia makes a picture with Vikings (pictured right, click to enlarge)?". We answer. These are not Vikings, they are vandals - a tribe of Germans who conquered Tunis in the 5th century and ruled here for almost 100 years. Read our article " History of Tunisia ".
The building of the museum is very ancient (according to Tunisian standards). It is believed that it was built in the 5th or 6th century, that is, in the era of the vandals. According to another version, the building was built in the 10th century, when the Arab city of Sousse was being formed.
Dedicated to the occupations and lives of men. But before looking at the rooms, look at the door in the yard ( see photo ). Pay attention to just three door knockers. Male and female on top, one child from below. Each of these door knockers reproduces its sound, and the landlord knows in advance who came - a man, a woman or a child.
This tradition was widespread throughout Tunisia and other countries of the Maghreb. Tourists are not forbidden to knock on all three door knockers.
In the yard there is an old grinding machine with a manual drive. If you need to take a child for the time of inspection of rooms, then this machine will fit perfectly ( see photos ).
In the rooms are scenes from the male life. The room with the weavers, where a real loom of an ancient design is installed, attracts more attention than others. The rest of the scenes are just as entertaining.
See the small photo gallery below.
Shows the life of Tunisian women. The main stage here is the preparation of the bride for the wedding. The bride is easy to recognize by her richly decorated dress and specific make-up. In the museum several rooms show different stages of the preparation of the bride.
A very interesting scene shows the process of making cereals couscous, from which a traditional couscous dish is prepared. Other rooms show women's handicrafts - embroidery, spinning, cooking and others.
See the small photo gallery below.
The guidebooks say that from the top floor a beautiful view of the medina opens. In reality, the building is too low, nothing can be seen from it. On the top floor you should pay attention to the dome with curved ribs (pleated zigzag), unique in Tunisia ( see photo ).
After leaving the museum, turn right to the archaeological museum of Sousse or to the left to the rebate. Successful walks along the medina of Sousse, and read our interesting articles about Tunisia ( links below ).
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