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Sfax, Tunisia

The kasbah of Sfax

For simplicity, a kasbah is an official fortified residence, often defended by armed people. It may be that of the sovereign (for example the kasbah of Tunis, today largely disappeared), or that of the representative of power in the provinces. By extension, this word ended up designating the neighborhood adjoining this building.
So to speak, all the cities of the Maghreb have their kasbah. The use spread in the twelfth under the impetus of the Almohad dynasty installed in the current Morocco. With time, they have been integrated into larger defensive works including fortifications and ramparts. This is the case, in particular, of the kasbah of Sfax which presents today in the continuity of the urban wall as a monument flanked by two towers and a bastion of artillery dating back to the 16th century.
The kasbah has been carefully restored to restore its original majesty.

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