The sparkling Place du Gouvernement (Plaza of the Government), with its rows of cropped trees and of lamp-posts, hosts the Prime Ministry, the Finance Ministry and the Foreign Ministry. Since the Independence of the country, the Prime Ministry is settled in the Dar El Bey, also named Palais du Gouvernement (Palace of the Government), which was built in 1795 for the important guests of the Husseinite beys, replacing a former palace from the 17th Century. West of the Place du Gouvernement, the architecture becomes more modern with the Place de la Kasbah (the Kasbah Plaza). In the 13th Century, the Hafsid rulers who governed from the Kasbah hill built there the Mosque of the Kasbah, crowned with a beautiful square shaped minaret (at the entrance of the plaza, on the left). To the right, you can see the Sadiki College (at Sinan Pacha Street) which has trained many of the great figures of modern Tunisian history. It was established in 1897 in this neo-Moorish building also sporting a minaret. At the end of the plaza, behind the "7th of November monument", stands the Municipality building. - N.L.
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