Souk Es Sabbaghine

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Es Sabbaghine, location of the souk in 1940.

Souk Es Sabbaghine (English: Dyers market) is one of the souks of the medina of Tunis.

Location[edit]

Metallic sign indicating Souk Es Sabbaghine.

The souk is situated at the outskirts of the medina, far from the center where the Al-Zaytuna Mosque is situated, since dyeing is considered a polluting activity. The souk is a continuation of Souk El Blat and may also be accessed from Bab El Jazira.

History[edit]

The name of Souk Es Sabbaghine, or Souk of Dyers, is due to its original function as the souk of wool, cotton and silk dyeing[1] which is situated next to a previously existing fountain.

The souk in 1939

Two Italian doctors constructed a dispensary at this souk in 1887 called Infermeria Santa Margherita[2] which supported the poor from Italian and Maltese communities.

Products[edit]

Products sold at the souk include clothing, shoes as well as fish and meat.

Monuments[edit]

Harmel Mosque, also known as Bab Al Jazira Mosque is located in souk Es Sabbaghine.

El Jedid Mosque is situated in the center of the souk.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Sebag, Paul (1998). Tunis, histoire d'une ville (in French). Paris: L'Harmattan. pp. 366–367.
  2. ^ "Historique de l'hôpital". hopital-h-thameur.rns.tn (in French). Retrieved 10 January 2016.

Coordinates: 36°47′38″N 10°10′30″E / 36.7938°N 10.1751°E / 36.7938; 10.1751