Bab el Bhar (Gate of France), Tunis

Bab el Bhar (Gate of France), Tunis (must see)

Bab el Bhar or Gate of France is a city gate that denotes the separation between the old city and the European section of Tunis. The gate is sometimes referred to as The Sea Gate. This is often the first spot tourists see before they enter the old city.

The original gate was built in the 10th century when the Aghlabids reigned over what are now parts of Italy, Libya, Algeria and Tunisia. The gate was torn down in 1848 and rebuilt in 1860 while the area was under French rule. The gate gained the name Gate of France during this time, but it was reinstated to its original name, Bab el Bhar, when Tunisia gained its freedom.

The gate consists of an arched entrance that is topped by a parapet and inscription. It also has an altitude marking of seven meters above sea level. Bab el Bhar was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.

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Bab el Bhar (Gate of France) on Map

Sight Name: Bab el Bhar (Gate of France)
Sight Location: Tunis, Tunisia (See walking tours in Tunis)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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