It is the fortified monastery. The Ribat stands right on the Place Farhat Hached, apart from the many other crowded buildings in Sousse. The word “Ribat” comes from the same root as the North African name for holy men. Ribats of these times were generally connected to a very conservative and often ascetic practice of Islam. The tall narrow entrance is framed by two columns, one almost eroded away. Like at the Great Mosque, the courtyard slopes down to drain rainwater into a central reservoir. Around the edge of the courtyard, cells for the soldiers can be seen on three sides. The fourth side, closest to the entrance, was the prayer hall. It may appear quite primitive and is generally considered to be the oldest mosque of North Africa. From the top of the Nador, the watch tower, you will have great views over Sousse (2 TND).
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