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Ribat of Monastir

Monastir is a city in Tunisia.


Monastir is an ancient city dating from Phonecian times. It includes an impressive Ribat and the Mausoleum of Bourguiba, both of which have been closed for repair since the earthquake of 2013.

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By Plane[edit]

Regular flights go to Monastir airport from various European locations.

By Train[edit]

There are regular train services to Tunis and Sousse to the north and Mahdia to the south. The railway station is located in the city centre and just a short walk to the Ribat.

Get around[edit]

On foot.

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  • Ribat. This fortress is located next to the sea and provides a great visit with most of the ruins open to clamber over. It may be familiar as it has been used in several films as a stand in for Jerusalem, most notably "Monty Python's Life of Brian".
  • Mausoleum of Bourguiba. In the centre of the large cemetery immediately adjacent to the Ribat is the enormous mausoleum of the much-loved former 'President for Life', Habib Bourguiba.

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Only a small section of the original Medina remains but it contains a bazaar selling the usual souvenirs. Prices seemed to be generally lower than in nearby Sousse.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are many good restaurants in the medina or more upmarket in the port de plaisance (marina), below the Ribat.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

Most foreigners appear to stay at the resort area north of town, close to the airport.

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