Halfaouine neighborhood reflects the history of ancient Tunisia

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The Halfaouine neighborhood is a historical landmark in the old city of the Tunisian capital, Tunis.

The ancient neighborhood dates back to the Hafsid empire whose rule ended in the 16th century, had been a destination in the past for Tunisian intellectuals to meet at its old coffeehouses and share knowledge. The neighborhood has recently turned into a popular market with a warren of small houses, winding alleys, and cafes.

The ancient district included many monuments, some of which still exist, such as the Youssef Sahib Ettaba’a mosque and Khaznadar Palace. In 1872, the city’s council carried out a repair and renovation by demolishing some houses, with aim of ventilation for some crowded places.

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