("Star of Zahra", sometimes spelled Nejma Ezzohara
), is a palace at Sidi Bou Said
, in northern Tunisia
, built by Baron Rodolphe d'Erlanger
(1872–1932) as his home there.
It was occupied and looted by the German military during World War II. Further damage was done when allied troops were billeted there later in the war.
Some years after his son Leo Alfred Frédéric d'Erlanger (1898–1978)'s death, Leo's widow, Baroness Edwina d'Erlanger (née Prue; died 1994), sold it to the Tunisian government, and it is now preserved as a museum, with many of its original furnishings, including paintings by the Baron, and a treasure-chest reputedly once owned by Suleiman the Magnificent.
It also house the Centre des Musiques Arabes et Méditerranéennes (Centre for Arabic and Mediterranean Music), for which it acts as a regular concert venue, and which has a collection of historical musical instruments and other objects.
The house is often used for filming, including the making of Justine, based on Lawrence Durrell's novel of that name.
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