The traditional Arabic house (Dar Arbi).
Indeed, despite its diversity and plural character, the architecture of the Tunisian Housing develops the paradox of being in some ways, always similar to itself with characteristics that seem immutable and permanent since ancient times , permanent features confirmed by archaeological evidence from at least the third century BC. J.-C.
The model of African homes is the Greek house, in which the various parts are grouped around a central courtyard.
Several Roman cities of North Africa have indeed such houses arranged around a courtyard framed galleries called peristyle and the Arabized Berbers call downtown home. The similarity of this description with traditional Tunisian homes is striking.
Around the courtyard are arranged the different rooms of the house: a room by side.
These rooms hit by the importance of their length, height and the height of their depth often spellbound cross.
Despite variations related to the evolution of technology and the diversification of materials, this home remains faithful to the Mediterranean dimension of the country and its eastern affiliation.