Kasbah of Hammamet
The Kasbah of Hammamet isn't a "must do" for what is available on the inside or within the walls, but a "must do" for the views on top and along the edges. Walking along this 13th century structure visitors are privy to some of the best views that Hammamet has to offer. If you are looking for a bird's eye view of the Medina, the Kasbah can provide. Sunsets and sunrises are a bit crowded in the Kasbah because it's vantage point gives a breathtaking panoramic view over the bay. The Kasbah museum is a worth a visit, it is small, but houses some interesting Tunisian artifacts.
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The "Borj” is the archeological fort of Hammamet also called "Kalaa” (fortress) and "Kasbah” (Citadel). It stands at the south-western corner of the Medina.
The fort was most probably built at the end of the 3rd century of the Hegira era, during the reign of the Aghlabid prince Ibrahim II.
The will to protect the coastal side of the Medina accounts for the height and the square shape of the fort and also for the fortificat standing at its corners.
Throughout the centuries, the fort had gone through successive modifications. It was first restored during the 14th century A.D.
Later, under the Ottoman Empire, it was turned into a military barrack for the Turkish army. It served the same purpose later during the French protectorate.
After the independence of the country, the fort acquired a cultural dimension as it has become home for diverse cultural events and activities. It also shelters a museum of local traditional costumes.
Today, a visit to the fort is no doubt a crucial part of an ideal leisure tour of the city; for the fort is a symbol and a witness of all the civilizations that Hammamet has known. It is also one of the most treasured and Photographed landmark in Hammamet thanks to the panoramic landscapes it offers visitors who are immediately captivated by the sight of lush green garden and sumptuous hotels that stretch along the endless sandy beaches of the r romantic gulf.
Source: Hammamet the Memory of a City book, published by Association for the Safeguard of The Medina of Hammamet
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