Ribat of Monastir
Ribat of Monastir
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  • David B
    Bruce, Australia994 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you like castles, this is a good one
    As far as old forts go, this is one of the best. It is easy to walk all over. You can even climb the high tower. There is a small museum inside with some artefacts and some interpretation. The space is used for concerts.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Pardubitzer
    Pardubice, Czech Republic78 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such a beautiful Ribat
    Dominant of the city of Monastir lying above the sea coast (a few steps above the sea to be honest). For a few dinars (be careful, they don't accept Euros at the cash desk!) you can explore all the corners of Ribat, and that there are a lot of them! There´s also an interesting exhibition of local artefacts inside. Don´t forget to climb on the tower, it's a bit of an adventure, but the reward for the climb in the form of a view of the city is great (those with vertigo should consider the climb though). Be sure not to be lazy to visit other viewpoints, but especially the viewpoint located above the stairs without any railings is only for those who are not afraid of it :D.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 October 2023
  • Maz403
    Birmingham, United Kingdom339 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    Wow ! Incredible how they built this huge castle in 800 a.d. Feels like it should stand forever- awe inspiring. Climb up the top of the tower is a must but prepare to press against the side of the steep spiral staircase if anyone is coming the other way !
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 November 2023
  • B T
    London, United Kingdom1,174 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tower gives good views
    It doesn’t cost that much for admission. You can walk round the courtyard and climb up to the different levels. There is a tower in one corner that you can also climb for good views at the top. It’s interesting to visit both ribats at Monastir and Sousse as this one has been extended, you can see when walking around the inner part that would have been the original ribat.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 February 2024
  • fartoomanyusers
    London, United Kingdom438 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not for Health & Safety fans!
    A seriously impressive building - so many different levels to explore, so many different nooks and crannies to look in! And great views over the town and out to sea. Just mind the kids on the open staircase! The museum and Ribat are now just have one entrance - on the outside of the building there are signs to a separate museum entrance, but that's not currently in use. The museum is just one large room, but it does have some interesting exhibits. Although quite a few items are currently being restored, so not on display (which may explain why the museum doesn't have a separate entrance). The tower is quite narrow and dark, so you may want to use the light from your phone to help see the steps. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 March 2024
  • Nicholas T
    Uckfield, United Kingdom22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit.
    Really interesting place to visit. Good information (although lots not in English). Well preserved and amazing views from high battlements and tower (although steps up there are pretty uneven: and at the top, the “guard rails” are non-existent!) Entry only 7TND (about £1.75). Recommended: especially if you’re a fan of Monty Python’s “Life of Brian”: they filmed some famous bits of it here.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 April 2024
  • johnhboy
    Guildford, United Kingdom95 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Step back in time
    A amazing step back in time . Only 8 dinar bargain you can spend a good hour or so here walking around exploring all the little rooms and amazing views from the top of the tower. very friendly and informative staff
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 April 2024
  • Dirk W
    Alexandra Headland, Australia10,062 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well preserved
    Originally this fortress was built late 8th century, but many alterations and additions followed later. You can climb the main watchtower which was used to exchange messages with neighboring ribats in times of danger ; it is a bit of a work-out on the narrow spiral staircase, but the views on top are worth it. This ribat is in remarkably good condition and it is not clear which parts are original or renovated.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 May 2024
  • Bahri Soussi
    Monastir, Tunisia37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic Gem in Monastir! 🏯
    The Ribat of Monastir is an incredible ancient fortress not to be missed. Exploring the beautifully preserved walls, towers and chambers transports you back centuries. The highlight is the stunning Mediterranean Sea views from the terraces - perfect for catching those famous Tunisian sunsets. The friendly guides provide great historical insights into this unique cultural treasure. A must-see for history buffs or anyone wanting an glimpse into Tunisia's fascinating past!
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 June 2024
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Monica
London, UK209 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Friends
An amazing maze and myriad of rooms, the Ribat of Monastir was the filmset for some well-known films such as The Life of Brian, Return of the Jedi and Jesus of Nazareth. As I explore the fort, it was easy to imagine various scenes filmed at various spots. Highly recommended for a visit and one of the more interesting Ribat in Tunisia.
Written 2 July 2024
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Bahri Soussi
Monastir, Tunisia37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
The Ribat of Monastir is an incredible ancient fortress not to be missed. Exploring the beautifully preserved walls, towers and chambers transports you back centuries.

The highlight is the stunning Mediterranean Sea views from the terraces - perfect for catching those famous Tunisian sunsets.

The friendly guides provide great historical insights into this unique cultural treasure. A must-see for history buffs or anyone wanting an glimpse into Tunisia's fascinating past!
Written 4 June 2024
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Abovetheclouds
2,073 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Similar to the one in Sousse but still unique. Nice views of the marina. Be prepared to climb if you want to go to the top in the heat.
Written 31 May 2024
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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia10,062 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Originally this fortress was built late 8th century, but many alterations and additions followed later. You can climb the main watchtower which was used to exchange messages with neighboring ribats in times of danger ; it is a bit of a work-out on the narrow spiral staircase, but the views on top are worth it. This ribat is in remarkably good condition and it is not clear which parts are original or renovated.
Written 21 May 2024
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johnhboy
Guildford, UK95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
A amazing step back in time .
Only 8 dinar bargain you can spend a good hour or so here walking around exploring all the little rooms and amazing views from the top of the tower.
very friendly and informative staff
Written 16 April 2024
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Nicholas T
Uckfield, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Really interesting place to visit. Good information (although lots not in English).

Well preserved and amazing views from high battlements and tower (although steps up there are pretty uneven: and at the top, the “guard rails” are non-existent!)

Entry only 7TND (about £1.75).

Recommended: especially if you’re a fan of Monty Python’s “Life of Brian”: they filmed some famous bits of it here.
Written 3 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

fartoomanyusers
London, UK438 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
A seriously impressive building - so many different levels to explore, so many different nooks and crannies to look in! And great views over the town and out to sea. Just mind the kids on the open staircase!

The museum and Ribat are now just have one entrance - on the outside of the building there are signs to a separate museum entrance, but that's not currently in use. The museum is just one large room, but it does have some interesting exhibits. Although quite a few items are currently being restored, so not on display (which may explain why the museum doesn't have a separate entrance).

The tower is quite narrow and dark, so you may want to use the light from your phone to help see the steps.

Definitely worth a visit.
Written 26 March 2024
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Trevor B
Milton Keynes, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We had been dissapointed by our visit to the Ribat de Sousse and initially we decided not to bother with this ribat but we were very glad we did bother. Very much more impressevive inside than from outside. More than worth the very low entrance cost. There is a lot to explore. Toilets very clean. (If you want a comparison try using the toilets at the rail station!)
Written 7 March 2024
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B T
London, UK1,174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
It doesn’t cost that much for admission. You can walk round the courtyard and climb up to the different levels. There is a tower in one corner that you can also climb for good views at the top. It’s interesting to visit both ribats at Monastir and Sousse as this one has been extended, you can see when walking around the inner part that would have been the original ribat.
Written 3 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Maz403
Birmingham, UK339 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Wow ! Incredible how they built this huge castle in 800 a.d. Feels like it should stand forever- awe inspiring. Climb up the top of the tower is a must but prepare to press against the side of the steep spiral staircase if anyone is coming the other way !
Written 8 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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