Those three neighboring Madrasas built in the 18th century don't fill their original function, namely housing and teaching the students in theology. The Medersa Slimania is the only one that can be visited (free entrance, but you can tip the custodian). It was built in 1754 by Ali Pacha in memory of his son who had been poisoned. As in any Madrasa, three of the four sides of the courtyard were devoted to student housing, while the fourth opened to the mosque. It now houses medical associations. Note the green tile cornice, the white-and-black archway and the tiles portraying flowers bouquets (an Ottoman pattern) at the entrance. The Medersa Bachia (1752) was also built by Ali Pacha and enjoys a sebil (ancient public fountain) near the entrance. The Medersa du Palmier (a palm-tree grew in the courtyard) is the oldest in Tunis. It now houses a Koranic school for children. N.L.
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