Although not open to the public we were given the honour and opportunity to have a look around the Tabarka Castle. It was only after the event we discovered how privileged we were, it’s rare for visitors to be allowed inside.
I decided to mark the occasion with a video and photos to share. Having a look around the castle has been the highlight of our trip, seeing our photos you will understand why…
Some Back Ground History
The Tabarka Castle or Genoese Fort was built in 1540 by the Italian Genoese Family. It’s purpose was to house a garrison, whose role was to protect those who harvested the red coral of the region. Coral harvesting is still a valuable trade for Tabarka and Tunisia to this day. What makes the Geneose family interesting, is that they were Christians operating from a Muslim country. At the time Tabarka was part of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. This meant that you had a Christian army, all be it small, operating out of a Muslim Country.
The castle was built on a small island less than one kilometre from Tabarka and it was the French, during the second world war that joined the two land masses.
The prison area of the castle. Three rooms in all, they must have been busy?
Prison Cell #2 – At least you had a pretty specky view
The downstairs dining area.
The below photos were taken of the upstairs area including a stage and theatre. I love the fact that the local cats are fed in the kitchen by the caretaker, it seems very right and proper.
PS My daughter thinks the video loses impact from being black and white. Let me know what you think as can change to colour with a click?
(As with all photos on Miss Catana – click photo to enlarge)