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.


Here is a link to a 3 minute video I made of the Tabarka Fort

Youtube screen shot

Click Photo to view – 3 minute video looking around the Tabarka Fort









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.



A drain to pipework leading to outside the fort




the Miss


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)

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  1. Roslynn

    Thank you for sharing your visit to Tabarka Fort.
    Wow so much history, amazing. Didn’t mind the colour.

  2. Diane

    Hi Reet,
    I loved seeing the fort, so old and such history… I would have preferred to see the colour of the stone against the Mediterranean blue water and sky, plus your opening shot shows the fantastic geology the fort sits on. That must have been a wang-dinger of an earthquake to move those sedimentary layers up to the angle they are now! The music was really good with the imagery – you are such a clever chick! xxxx Di

  3. the Miss

    Hi Di,
    The land masses around Tabarka are amazing.

    I think I will do a colour video as well. As trying to learn how to use the editing functions. It will be good to do small videos of the trip along the way

    Cheers the Miss

  4. Walter

    That’s an excellent video, Reet. You are becoming quite an accomplished film maker and diarist and the subject matter is fascinating. There’s a book and a TV series in all of this in years to come. Keep up the outstanding work.

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