Bourguiba Mausoleum

The Bourguiba mausoleum is a monumental grave in Monastir, Tunisia, containing the remains of former president Habib Bourguiba, the father of Tunisian independence, who died on April 6, 2000.

The mausoleum was built while Bourguiba was still alive, in 1963, in the modern Arab-Muslim style. It is located in the western part of the Sidi El Mézeri cemetery, the main burial site in the city, at the end of the main alley which is about 200 m (660 ft) long and 30 m (98 ft) wide. The building is flanked by two 25-metre-high (82 ft) minarets and topped by a golden dome between two green domes. The mausoleum entrance gate and the gate that separates it from the rest of the cemetery are examples of Tunisian art.

Traditional Costume Museum

The permanent exhibition of the Traditional Costume of Monastir reflects the history of clothing in the region between the 19th and early 20th centuries for the oldest pieces. The whole of the exhibited collections is, however, approached in a wider historical perspective with the aim of explaining the evolution of the traditional costume and demonstrating the techniques of its making and the influences that marked it.

Ribat of Monastir

The Ribat of Monastir is a ribat, an Islamic defensive structure, located in Monastir, Tunisia. It is the oldest ribat built by the Arab conquerors during the Muslim conquest of the Maghreb. It is also the most prominent monument of the city of Monastir.

Founded in 796 by the Abbasid leader and the governor of Ifriqiya, Harthama ibn A’yan, several improvements and changes were introduced to the building throughout the medieval times, including the expansion carried out by Abu al-Qasim ibn Tammam in 966.  Initially it was quadrilateral shaped and then renovated into a composition of four buildings with two inner courtyards. There’s also a spiral stair of about a hundred steps leads to the watchtower where visual messages were exchanged at night with the towers of neighboring ribats. Many watchtowers were added between 11th and 13th, 17th and 19th centuries in order to accommodate the artillery. The towers are also climbable, allowing visitors to enjoy a view of the city and the beach.