El Annabi House was built in the end of the 18th century. It was improved and redeveloped during the 20th century as a Summer Resort by Taib El Annabi, son of Mohamed El Annabi.
The visitor of Dar El Annabi has access to the intimacy of a typical residence of Sidi Bou Said with its Arab-Muslim architectural spacious setting.
This visitor is able to discover the atmosphere of a Tunisian family where a certain theme is animated by wax figures wearing their traditional clothes of festivities. The chosen occasion is the “Henné” ceremony which preceds by a few days the wedding. The antique design of the residence is enriched by an exposition of recent craft objects. The space Dar El Annabi offers the possibilty to discover the paintings, antique relics and other artistic decorative objects as well as a better understanding of an Arab style house’s layout and its Andalusian interior garden’s style.
The “Patio” is of an Andalusian style centered by a foutain, in bloom with a large jasmin garden and bougainvilles; a tree is located at the bottom of the stairs leading to the terrace which overhangs both the souk and the guests’ room.
In Dar El Annabi, just on the right of the entrance, you can visit a first summer room ideal for summer nap, which is largely open to the patio. Then, behind the studded gate, there is a wide room of “mauresque” architecture for the reception and the welcoming of the master’s visitors, and which is currently animated by wax figures wearing traditional clothes.
From the garden’s side, there is a big billar glass where they gather in the evening under the cover of the dew, and another summer bedroom where the scene of the bride’s “Henné” is celebrated. The Andalusian garden is centered by an “Impluvium”, an ancient underground tank collecting terraces’ water. Exotic plants grow arround a big cage of Sidi Bou Said and where they save oil reserves and semolina. The stairs on the left lead to the family’s prayer room. At the end of the garden on the right, there is another room sheltered from the sun by “Moucharabiehs” .Currently, this space shelters a sale expostion of sought-after craft objects chosen or carried out by the master of the place.
At the end of the garden on the right, you can discover the family’s library which is rich in ancient documents and supplemented by the choice of more recent books and objects concerning Tunisian arts, history and traditions.
By leaving the garden, you can access to the first floor of the residence, go through the kitchen and then reach the highest terrace in order to admire the bay of Tunis and the suburbs of Carthage with 360° view of the village.
(source: Dar El Annabi’s documents)