About Ribat of Monastir

A ribat is a small fortification built during the Muslim conquest of North Africa. The Ribat of Monastir is the oldest such defense structure in Tunisia.

It was founded in 796 by the Governor, Harthama ibn A’yan and it was expanded in 966. Visitors may explore the buildings and inner courtyards, mosques, and ramparts. Be sure to take the stairs to the watchtowers. They are where messages were sent to other nearby ribats at night, and provide exceptional views of the city and the beach below. Though originally a quadrilateral building, over the centuries the many additions have made for a maze of passages and stairways. The ribat’s prayer rooms and mosques now house a collection of photographs, currency, and pottery from Monastir and worship of the medieval industrial materials.

You may even feel like you’ve seen the Ribat of Monastir before. It’s been the scene of the movies Jesus of Nazareth and Monty Python’s Life of Brian. 

Must See

  • Defensive Islamic structure
  • Architecture
  • Monument
  • Historical site
  • Amazing landscapes

How to reach

By train:  3 hours 45 minutes,11.40 TD

By taxi 1 hour 45 minutes, 59.88 TD

(175.5 km) via Autoroute A1/Trans- African Highway 


  • The visitors can wander around and see the mesmerizing beauty of the landscape surrounding the place
  • The magnificent historical building will fascinate you 
  • The beautiful and well-maintained fortress may delight you 
  • It is an ancient construction which takes you back to the yore
  • You can experience a peaceful atmosphere
  • You get to see the panoramic scenic view which adds on to the memories of your visit 
  • You can spend a nice time with your family and friends at this location 
  • Wear comfortable and conservative clothes
  • Stay hydrated as you may have to walk a bit
  • You experience at an ancient historic monument is incredible 


Visit Time

Sunday:          8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Monday:          8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday:         8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday:    8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Thursday:        8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Friday:             8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday:         8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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Waiting Time

10 minutes


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Entrance Fee


Adults:    7 TD

Children: 7 TD

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Time you can spend

1 to 2 hours


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Clear Sky 30.94°C


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