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.


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.


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


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". (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