The Habib Bourguiba Mausoleum dominates the Sidi el-Mezeri cemetery. The grand marble building holds the remains of Habib Bourguiba, who died in 2000. He was the founder of modern day Tunisia. He was born in Monastir in 1903. He studied law in Paris then returned to Tunisia to a political career.He peacefully campaigned againt the French occupation of Tunisia. When Tunisia gained independence in 1956 he became the first prime minister then the president.
Inside the mausolem are the remains of Habib and some of his family
Monasir is the birthplace of Habib Bourguiba, who is the founder of modern Tunisia. He became prime minister in 1956 and led the country into a peaceful revolution which saw them gain independance from France. He also improved the education system and gave women many more rights than in other muslim countries. Today 58% of university students in Tunisia are women.
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa I’ve always wanted to try parachuting. Parasailing was a good way to find out if it’s worth the effort. It definitely is. My flight took about 10 minutes and 3 days of getting ready ;) After some instructions in combined English and German I was kind of ready to fly. The first two minutes were terrible because I didn’t know if I could make a move and not fall down to the sea. When I became more comfortable I started really enjoying myself. That was pretty much it when I heard a whistle – the landing sign… Too bad. I must say, though, my landing was the best of all previous ones that we’d seen. Time for next step then – PARACHUTING! Do you fancy joining Antosiu? (Written by Asia Janusz).
Prices are about 30 Dinar, but most will give you a discounted price of 25 Dinar
The Alyssa diving centre runs from the Kuriat Palace hotel, and has 2 trips a day. A fully qualified team ensures that this outfit is run like a (relatively) tight ship. They also offer diving courses, from 1* all the way to instructor level.
The trip I did consisted of a 20-30 minute dive, on a coral reef. We were taken down one at a time, and when the instructor was happy with our progress he left us alone to go fetch the next member. While we saw many kinds of fish, and some sea urchins, we were slightly disappointed not to see a greater variety of sea-life.
The total cost for our trip was 60 dinar, which included a CD of photos from the trip. Longer dives obviously cost more, and they do wreck dives for more experienced divers. Courses start at about 400 dinar.
Habib Borguiba was the first elected president of Tunisia (he negociated the independence from France), and is considered the father of the new nation. He was born in Monastir and is buried here in this magnificent Mausoleum. The building was built in 1963, it´s an imposing building, with three domes and two minarets marking the entrance. To reach the building you have to walk a long paved
road with palm trees and street lamps, it´s a nice walk with views of the Muslim cemetery nearby.
Is a huge cemetery located northwest of the Ribat, wich dates back to the 12th century. The cemetery has some old and beautiful Marabouts, many muslims desire to rest close to the Ribat regarded as a sacred shrine. I can´t explain but i found the cemetery extremely aesthetic.
After visiting the Ribad we were taken to visit the Great Mosque (the building was built in the ninth century and enlarged by the Zirids in the 11th century) but it was closed. The building is quite dissapointing specially after visiting the Mosque of Kairouan.
A beautiful park located between the Ribad, the Bourguiba Pavillions and the Bourguiba Mosque, we spent some time in this cool park under the palm trees, watching the local people wandering while we are waiting for the rest of the group.
The Ribat is very well preserved and is full of passageways, corridors and staircases to explore. In the summer time the Ribat
houses various events that are part of the international festival of Monastir. ...
In the first floor of the Ribat there´s a museum of Islamic art built in the place of the ancient oratory. The museum displays various historical phases of the Islamic civilization in Tunisia. Is a small museum only four rooms but very interesting, with relics as wood and marble works carved with floral and gheometrical designs, Copt fabrics from the Abbasside era, old gold and silver coins, glass items and some wonderful astrolabes (an instrument used to meassure the height of the stars in the sky).
A Ribat is a fortification built during the Muslim conquest of North Africa to house the Murabitian ( military volunteers) and to protect the cities from the Bizantine attacks. This Ribat is maybe the biggest and the best preserved of all the other Ribats in the Sahel area.
The fortress was built by the Wali Hartama Ben Ayan in the year 796. Inside the fort there´s an interesting museum and a watch tower with wonderful views of the beaches, the Muslim Cemetery and the city. If you want to climb the tower be patient, dozens of people triying to climb at the same time in a very narrow space, pushing you, not for the claustrophobic.
So there was me, walking around the northern walls of the Medina when I spot a British red telephone box - yep in Monastir, Tunisia! Must be so as to stop us British from getting homesick! It and a couple more are found in Adam Park which looks like it's a kids amusement park to the west of the Medina near the bus station.
On the other side of the road from the Bourguiba Mosque lies this Costume Museum which displays traditional Tunisian costumes from all over the country most of which are wedding costumes. The admission cost is a bit pricy for what's on offer.
Open: 9am-12pm & 2-6pm. Admission: TD3 plus TD1 for camera.
Tunisia's first president Habib Bourguiba was born in Monastir and this mausoleum was built in 1963 so that he could be buried here after his death (which happened in 2000). It is reached via a long paved walked flanked by trees on either side and two octagonal pavilions at its entrance. The mausoleum features gold and green cupolas and two slender 25m (82ft) high minarets that are built from Italian marble. Inside lies his tomb which can also be viewed from a balcony. Other family tombs are also housed within the mausoleum. Admission into the mausoleum is free and more photo's can be found in my travelogues.
Next door to the Ribat lies the Grand Mosque which was built in the 9th century by the Aghlabids and enlarged by the Zirids in the 11th century. The columns supporting the arches were salvaged from the ruins of ancient Ruspina.
Immediately northwest of the Ribat in Monastir lies a large cemetery with a number of beautiful old marabouts, some of them decorated with bands of Kufic inscriptions and faience tiles. Particularly notable is the 12th century tomb of Sidi el Mazeri. The large size of the cemetery reflects the desire of many Muslims to be buried close to the Ribat, regarded as a sacred shrine.