Restoration and rehabilitation works

The Ennejma Ezzahra palace has undergone restoration and rehabilitation works since its acquisition by the Tunisian State in 1989. However, it is the first time since it was opened to the public in 1992 that the palace is closed to Visits for the implementation of  such works. The suspension of public  visitand for a relatively long period (five months from 1 January 2017), does not mean the cessation of the activities of the various departments of the Centre for Arab and Mediterranean Music, including the museum activity. The closing period will be used to advance, among other things, restoration work on the woodwork inside the palace.
The new project, which is due to end in June 2017, aims at the extension of ancillary premises and the redevelopment of the external spaces surrounding  the palace. It consists mainly of the construction of a permanent box-office at the entrance of the palace, with display window and sanitary facilities, which will replace the wooden box-office  dating back to 1992, the extension and renovation of the administration  reception desk, next to the building housing the National Sound Archives and the administration offices, the construction of a carpentry and wood restoration workshop, which will allow  vacate the  baron's garage which will be assigned to other more noble functions,  and finally the  construction of an equipment   depot  below the terrace in front of the palace, adjacent to  the old depot built in 1996  and which was intended to store the chairs and stage elements intended for open-air shows.
As for the redevelopment works, they will concern the restoration   of three alleys: namely the monumental alley leading from the main entrance to the palace, the “Allée des Bigaradiers” located below the terrace facing the palace , and finally the “ Allée des Palmiers”, linking the palace to the so-called Korsi Essollah stairs. The rehabilitation works will also affect the Andalusian garden, located on the upper level, opposite the Belvedere building, which now houses the National sound archive  and part of the administration offices.
With an estimated at 1.2 TDM the works will meet both the urgent need for additional premises required by the Centre 's day-to-day activities and contribute to improving the reception conditions for visitors to the Centre, as well as enhance  the historic gardens of Ennejma Ezzahra. The idea is also to offer well-equipped and secure spaces that can attract private events, the financial spin-offs of which will help bolster the institution's own revenues.
 

National Sound Archive

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