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Where The Heart Is

The city of Monastir was built on the Punic-Roman city of Ruspina, location of the 46BC Battle of Ruspina. Much of the ancient walls of the city date back to the 9th century. As well as the medina there is the prominantly placed Ribat, close to the sea and now looking out towards the marina complex. Now there is a blend of old and new in this former fishing harbour.

Monastir was named after a monastery was built here in 797BC by an Islamic religious order of monks. The city gained more prominance after Habib Bourguiba became president of the country. He was born here on the 3rd August 1903.

Goegraphically it is located on the Mediterranean Sea 165km south of the capital Tunis, 80km east of Kairouan and 25km down the coast from Sousse.

All around the city there are now reminders of the former president of the country.

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  • Pros:Sun, scenery
  • Cons:Horses
  • In a nutshell:Beautiful beaches
  • Last visit to Monastir: Jun 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • barryg23's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2006 at 12:21 PM

    They've named a lot of things after Bourguiba - was he from here? I'd love to have seen Monastir, it looks like an interesting town. I think "The Life of Brian" might have been filmed here as well in that Ribat.


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