About Kasbah

Built onto the city walls in the 11th century, Kasbah stands tall at the high point of the Medina. It incorporates the imposing square Khalef Tower, built by the Aghlabids in 859 AD, the same time as the city walls were erected. These walls suppressed the Ribat as the city’s watchtower. The 30-meter Khalaf al Fata Tower (named after its builder) is one of the oldest towers in North Africa. The Kasbah's topmost 50-meter platform above the Ribat, makes it the best place to get views of Medina. After its construction, the Kasbah took over the military role of the Ribat and the Khalaf al Fata Tower is still used as a lighthouse. The building now houses the impressive Sousse Archaeological Museum, and entry is limited to those with a museum ticket. 

Must See

  • Kashab is Sousse's one of the grandest monuments
  • It was built onto the city walls in the 11th century 
  • The 30-meter Khalaf al Fata tower the oldest towers still standing in North Africa
  • After its construction, the Kasbah played a military role in the Ribat. Khalaf al Fata Tower is still used as a lighthouse
  • The 30-meter high fortress was constructed as one square set upon another 
  • Kasbah Fortress covers an area of 7,740 sq meter and 2,955 sqm lies outside the town ramparts

How to reach

Kasbah is located inside the Medina, so you can take the same train as for Medina. Take the light rail as it connects central Sousse by the Medina (4 Station Sousse Bab Jdid) to Mahdia via Monastir. It stops along the way in various neighbourhoods in southern Sousse and the Monastir MIR IATA airport. Then, there are buses, both public and private,  that run every half an hour. The best option is to hire a taxi. 

Tips

  • Kashab is part of the medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Al Fata Tower is one of the oldest towers in North Africa and a must-see site
  • It's a good place for strolling and to buy souvenirs 
  • Better to hire a guide to see the whole Medina

Visit Time

Day                       Opening Hours                       Closing Hours

Sunday                      9am                                            7pm

Monday                      9am                                          7pm         

Tuesday                     9am                                           7pm

Wednesday                9am                                           7pm

Thursday                    9am                                          7m

Friday                        9am                                          7pm

Saturday                   9am                                        7pm

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Waiting Time

No wait time as entry is entry is limited to those with a museum ticket.

 

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Entrance Fee

No

 

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Time you can spend

Suggested time 1 to 1.5 hours

 

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Weather

Clear Sky 29.85°C

 

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