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Ribat of Monastir

Historical place in Monastir, Tunisia

Travel Tips

Explore the souks of Monastirโ€™s medina for souvenirs. 1

Even if you can't go inside due to renovations, the exterior and the views are worth the visit. 2

Climb the watchtower for panoramic views. 3

Ideal for history enthusiasts and those seeking tranquility. 4

Short walk from the station; visit the Mausoleum nearby. 5

Explore the ribat's stairways and passages for a journey back in time. 6

Combine your visit with the nearby Fort Ottoman Borj El Kebir of Mahdia for a full historical experience. 7

Introduction

History

  • ๐Ÿ“œ Built in 796 AD: Founded by Abbasid leader Harthama ibn A'yan.
  • ๐Ÿฐ Continuous Expansion: Expanded in 966 AD by Abu al-Qasim ibn Tammam and further in the 11th, 13th, 17th, and 19th centuries.
  • ๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ Defensive Role: Part of a coastal defense system to protect the Islamic empire.
  • ๐ŸŽฅ Film History: Featured in 'Monty Pythonโ€™s Life of Brian' and 'Jesus of Nazareth'.

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Architecture

  • ๐Ÿฐ Quadrilateral Shape: Initially quadrilateral, later expanded to four buildings with two inner courtyards.
  • ๐Ÿ”ญ Watchtowers: Features multiple watchtowers added over centuries, offering views of the city and sea.
  • ๐Ÿ•Œ Prayer Halls: Includes two mosques with unique architectural elements like barrel vaults and domes.
  • ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Mesopotamian Influence: Reflects Mesopotamian influences in its cylindrical towers and architectural layout.

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Religious Significance

  • ๐Ÿ•Œ Mujahideen: Initially housed Mujahideen for prayer and meditation.
  • ๐Ÿ“š Religious Center: Became a center for religious students and Sufis during times of peace.
  • ๐Ÿ•Œ Two Mosques: Contains two mosques, one of which is now a Museum of Islamic Art.
  • ๐Ÿ“œ Historical Artifacts: The museum houses early Arab coins, pottery, and medieval artifacts.

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Visitor Experience

  • ๐Ÿ”ญ Panoramic Views: Climb the watchtower for stunning views of Monastir and the Mediterranean.
  • ๐ŸŽฅ Film Location: Recognize scenes from 'Monty Pythonโ€™s Life of Brian' and 'Jesus of Nazareth'.
  • ๐Ÿ•Œ Museum of Islamic Art: Visit the museum housed in one of the mosques.
  • ๐Ÿšถ Exercise: Be prepared for a lot of walking and climbing steep stairs.

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Practical Information

  • ๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry Fee: 7 TD for adults, 1 TD extra for camera use.
  • ๐Ÿ•ฐ๏ธ Opening Hours: Typically open daily, but check local listings for exact times.
  • ๐Ÿšป Facilities: Includes tourist-friendly amenities like information boards and toilets.
  • ๐Ÿ“ Location: Situated in Monastir, Tunisia, easily accessible from the city center.

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Travel Information
๐Ÿ“žย ย ย Phone: +216 42 223 476
๐Ÿ•’ย ย ย Hours: See hours
๐Ÿ“ย ย ย Address: QRGM+F6M, Rte de la Falaise, Monastir, Tunisia

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