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1. Bourguiba's mausoleum

2. Ribat of cinema-Christ

3. The slick medina

4. Around the museum

5. The beach

6. The big mosques


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Ribat of cinema-Christ
Monastir, Tunisia

The Ribat of Harthema down at the sea is probably the main attraction in Monastir. Its setting, as well as itself, is quite beautiful.
It was begun as early as in 796, but warfare and development have brought upon it several remakes. And now, in times when it serves no more military purpose, restoration is being done to the extent that it appears to be in its heyday of full use.
The area around the lookout tower, nador is the oldest part. The walls to the south of this part are from the 9th century, while the northern walls date back to the 11th century. Some small areas belong to the 18th and 19th centuries.

Monastir, Tunisia

Monastir, Tunisia

The ribat has been used in a handful of quite famous films, like one of the best British films ever, Life of Brian and in the Italian directed Life of Christ.
As you walk around the kasbah, you realize that the film makers had to do quite a bit of work to make the setting work properly. It is only from certain angles that you won't spot something modern, whether it be flood lights or a modern building structure.
But there is more that challenge the feeling of authenticity: Today the courtyard is filled with chairs as well as a stage for evening performances. Monastir, Tunisia

By Tore Kjeilen