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Bardo Museum,a former 17th century Moorish palace belonging to the Husseinite beys (kings) situated on the outskirts of Tunisia’s capital, Tunis, is now home to the world’s largest collection of Roman mosaics dating from the 2nd to 4th centuries AD. Many of the mosaics displayed here once adorned the homes of some of Roman Africa’s wealthiest - the persian rugs of the ancient world. It is said that the mosaics are a clear indication of disposable income for interior decor in 2nd and 3rd century North Africa. It’s hard to take in all the exhibits of the Bardo Museum in one visit. Three floors of amazing mosaics in every size with varying themes fill the walls (and some floors!)
Although many mosaic pieces have been restored in the Bardo Museum, not all have been salvaged in their entirety.
Mosaic floors are still found at some of the archeological sites - these columns and mosaic floors at Thuburbo Majus.
A closer look at a mosaic floor at Thuburbo Majus.