Monastir attractions

Fort in Monastir

Ribat

A fine example of Islamic military architecture, Monastir’s immaculately preserved ribat (coastal fort housing religious military volunteers called murabitun) overlooks the Mediterranean. Dating from AD 797, its see…
Mausoleum in Monastir

Mausoleum of Habib Bourguiba

The colourful cupolas and marble minarets of this mausoleum, final resting place of Monastir-born Habib Bourguiba, the first president of independent Tunisia, are certainly eye-catching, and the octagonal marble hal…
Mosque in Monastir

Great Mosque

Built in the 9th century, this Aghlabid building is a severe, fortress-like structure whose facade is only enlivened by graceful horseshoe arches at the northern end. The Roman columns supporting these arches and th…
Museum in Monastir

Costume Museum

Desperately in need of a refresh, this small museum offers dusty, ill-lit exhibits of traditional costumes, with a focus on female attire. The wedding outfits with their heavily embroidered gold and silver detailing…