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  The larger citadel, Kasbah, Le Kef
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You can't fail to miss the enormous kasbah which presides over the town from the top of the hill. To get there, take either of the stairways from Place de l'Independence, and you'll arrive just below the main gate. The door is often shut, but sit on the wall outside (where views over the town are great) and the caretaker will probably find you. If not, try banging on the big wooden door.

Inside, the kasbah contains two citadels, the biggest one being the oldest and more impressive. The caretaker gave me a tour in Arabic (he also spoke French), and explained the larger citadel dated from the 17th century, built by the Ottomans, while the lower smaller one was built to house guards for the local bey in the 19th century. You can look into a few rooms, including the old mosque, but all rooms are empty. The caretaker told me that soon it would open as a museum...my guidebook, printed in 1998, said exactly the same, so they are moving quickly!!

You can climb onto the roof for a spectacular view over Le Kef, but don't stray to the right, as that is either a military installment or a telecommunications thing...the caretaker wouldn't say exactly what it was, but either way I wasn't allowed to point my camera in that direction.

Entrance to the kasbah is free at the moment, but the caretaker does deserve a tip, especially as he does seem very knowledgeable about the place.

Address: Kasbah, Le Kef
Directions: Keep climbing up from the bottom of the old town...you'll find it as it isn't exactly discrete!

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  • Written Apr 9, 2006
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