Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tunisia protects ancient treasures

Tunisian officials are launching renewed efforts aimed at preserving the country's ancient treasures while at the same time educating the next generation on the nation's rich history.

As part of those efforts, the culture ministry chose International Museum Day (May 18th) to celebrate Tunisia's antiquities. Two events were held simultaneously in Sfax and at the Bardo Museum in Tunis.

The choice of Sfax for the launch of the celebration reflected a real will to give back to the region its place in the memory of Tunisia and its role in the cultural system, Interim Culture Minister Azzedine Bach Chaouch said. The minister also announced the foundation of a museum of traditions and folklore and another for maritime heritage in the southern city.

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