Raqqada Museum

The Raqqada Museum houses the largest collection of Islamic Art in Tunisia.

It comprises a ceramics room with a varied collection of ceramics dating back to the 10th and 11th centuries, besides some very fine examples of Egyptian and Syrian ceramics; the medals room with an exhaustive collection of Islamic coins; the bronze and glass room with a collection of chandeliers that formerly illuminated the prayer hall of the Great Mosque of Kairouan, dating from the 10th and 11th centuries; and the manuscripts room that contains an exhibit of the finest specimens of the Koran, written on parchment originally from the Great Mosque of Kairouan.

In viewing this collection, the visitor can follow the development of Kufic writing, and of book-manufacturing techniques in Tunisia in the Middle Ages.


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