Ribat
Observation Decks & TowersReligious Sites
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  • B T
    London, United Kingdom1,174 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderfully preserved for how old it is
    This is excellent considering it dates from the 800s AD. It doesn’t cost much to go in and you can walk round the courtyard and climb up to the different levels. There is a tower that you can also climb that gives wonderful views over Sousse.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 3, 2024
  • fartoomanyusers
    London, United Kingdom438 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely little Ribat
    My first Tunisian Ribat - and a very pleasant one it was too! Very manageable size and fun to wander around. Good views from the upper levels and the tower - especially down into the mosque which non muslims aren't allowed to enter. Definitely worth a quick visit.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 26, 2024
  • Dirk W
    Alexandra Headland, Australia10,051 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aghlabid fortress
    The Aghlabids built a lot of ribats on the North African coast in the 8th and 9th centuries : this chain of fortifications reinforced their new strongholds. From their towers they kept watch and communicated any imminent danger. You can climb this watchtower, from where there are excellent views over Sousse's medina and down into the mosque. Like the one in Monastir - which it resembles - the ribat in Sousse is in very good condition. Most interestingly, we were told that some of the marble and pillars (eg the two in the entrance) were pilfered from Byzantine churches after the Aghlabids conquered Malta.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 21, 2024
  • Abovetheclouds
    2,062 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must. Like stepping back in time.
    Would highly recommend paying the small fee to enter.  Having travelled in Tunisia for a while, it was nice to finally see information in English too.  Staff are friendly and pleasant.  Climb to the top (small spiral staircase) as the views are lovely but area is small so only a few people can go up at a time.  It was quiet when I went.  Like stepping back in time, exploring the Ribat.  You could really appreciate these Roman ruins.  An oasis of calm away from the busy Médina de Sousse outside.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 29, 2024
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B T
London, UK1,174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
This is excellent considering it dates from the 800s AD. It doesn’t cost much to go in and you can walk round the courtyard and climb up to the different levels. There is a tower that you can also climb that gives wonderful views over Sousse.
Written February 3, 2024
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Abovetheclouds
2,062 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Would highly recommend paying the small fee to enter.  Having travelled in Tunisia for a while, it was nice to finally see information in English too.  Staff are friendly and pleasant.  Climb to the top (small spiral staircase) as the views are lovely but area is small so only a few people can go up at a time.  It was quiet when I went.  Like stepping back in time, exploring the Ribat.  You could really appreciate these Roman ruins.  An oasis of calm away from the busy Médina de Sousse outside.
Written May 29, 2024
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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia10,051 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The Aghlabids built a lot of ribats on the North African coast in the 8th and 9th centuries : this chain of fortifications reinforced their new strongholds. From their towers they kept watch and communicated any imminent danger. You can climb this watchtower, from where there are excellent views over Sousse's medina and down into the mosque.
Like the one in Monastir - which it resembles - the ribat in Sousse is in very good condition. Most interestingly, we were told that some of the marble and pillars (eg the two in the entrance) were pilfered from Byzantine churches after the Aghlabids conquered Malta.
Written May 21, 2024
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Carol Ann O
Cheltenham, UK86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
This is well worth a visit and also the medina.
So much character and colour.
People very friendly but some of the Traders too pushy and can be a little intimidating to an older woman on her own.
Try not too show too much interest, keep your head down or keep in a group.
Written April 23, 2022
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fartoomanyusers
London, UK438 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
My first Tunisian Ribat - and a very pleasant one it was too!

Very manageable size and fun to wander around. Good views from the upper levels and the tower - especially down into the mosque which non muslims aren't allowed to enter.

Definitely worth a quick visit.
Written March 26, 2024
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Anthony K
London, UK15,225 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Friends
The Ribat, in Sousse, opposite the Main Mosque is right in the Centre of Sousse Town and close to the Medina, the main shopping areas, The Soula Centre and Coach and Louages Stations.. It is an exciting, old and beautiful fortress and Tower. The tower is the key site. Only climbable up steep steps it stands, I think about 300 metres high and gives you wonderful views over Sousee Town , The Mosque, The Medina and the harbour. A must point for keen photographers. Very cheap to enter and a small charge, 1 dinar, to take photographs inside. As regards Wheelchair access and those with difficulties to climb steep srone steps this would not necessarily be the best attraction for sadly. But the ground floor area is worth seeing from the Courtyard. A good thing to make part of your vacation.
Written November 3, 2013
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badmintontim
Hastings, UK4,522 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Solo
As you can see from my reviews I have travelled to many countries and cities and after reading the reviews here I must totally disagree with them as the most recent reviews are all very negative and I can only (mostly) add positive comments to this attraction here in the City of Sousse.

What one needs to think about is that this Ribat is reputed to be from around the 9th Century (around 830 AD to be precise), so it was around before anything else that you can see and also most buildings in the respective tourists countries and it is mostly intact although empty, the main walls and rooms are solid

The price to enter (after being searched and scanned at the security area which is great and reassuring) is 7 TND (£2.50 Sterling; £2.8 Euro; $3 US Dollars; $4 Australian Dollars) and if reviewers think that this is overpriced to see a solid Ribat (Castle) of this age that gives great views over the port of Sousse then they need to consider what they can see that compares to this in other countries and what that costs as well.

The staff are friendly and do speak a little English and as this is government run then you do get an official receipt as well so you can be assured that you are being charged the correct price

I would like to suggest a few words of warning though; if you venture up the Tower then this is dark and the stairs are worn due to age so do use the light on your phone or take a small torch with you. Be aware that the ramparts/steps and the edges of the Ribat at a high level do not have barriers for H & S so there is a chance of falling, so you need to be extra careful that one side is not protected but this is the same in some European sites as well as North Africa (be aware with children). IF you state that you wish to take photos then you will be charged extra. Also the entrances to the rooms are very low so be careful with your head.

The Guide Books are very inexpensive as I brought one for 2 TND in English (72 pence!) and it was in full colour with many colour photographs as well.

Will definitely like to return at some point and read the many information boards in English (they are also in other languages) in further detail

Highly recommended for local culture and history - Enjoy
Written March 9, 2017
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Bashar K
Ramallah, Palestinian Territories394 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Family
The Ribat of Sousse
Ribat is a military building had its name from the Arab word of ribat which means those solders who are looking after the costs and the borders for protection from possible invasion by the enemy. Ribat of Sousse is a magnificent historical construction dating back to year 826. Still after so many years well preserved and worth seeing. It is located few meters from the see just in the city center of Sousse. According to information given it was designed to protect Kairouan- the capital from possible invasion by Byzantines. Another story given that it was built during the preparation to invade Sicily. The Ribat is a two floors building with a yard in the center. There are two columns in the main entrance with steps leading to the second floor. A tall minaret is the corner of this building from where you can see all around the old city of Sousa.Climbing up to the top of the minaret is not easy. It is too high with a very narrow steps. For history lovers Ribat of Sousa is worth seeing.
Written April 12, 2017
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martynelainemegan
Dewsbury, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
a great insight into the past, but watch the tower climb, it is only for the sure footed as health and safety would have kittens about this climb.
Written January 12, 2015
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Eddie M
St. Albans, UK738 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
This fort is a well renovated example of a Ribat, it has three levels and a tower. The tower is the highlight of the place, but be aware that it is a steep winding staircase to get to the top. When you are at the top, the hand rails and safety are limited so you will need a head for heights.
Written September 18, 2014
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