Borj Ghazi Mustapha Djerba | The Spanish Fort Tunisia Travel Guide

Borj Ghazi Mustapha

(The Spanish Fort)

Borj Ghazi Mustapha in Djerba, also called Borj El Kebir is a fort next to the fishing port of Houmt Souk, capital of the island of Djerba.

This defensive structure was built by Roger of Loria, Admiral of Aragon and Sicily in 1289 on the site of a Roman stronghold, the remains of which were reused in the construction of the structure. This was rearranged, then reinforced in 1557 by Dragut and frozen in its current configuration by a Spanish garrison of 6,000 soldiers who came, in 1560, to drive out the Turkish corsairs from the island, before being exterminated the same year by the Turkish corsair.

Rectangular in shape, Borj El Ghazi Mustapha is flanked by round and square towers. It was accessed by a drawbridge over an insulating moat. The front door opens onto a vestibule that defends access to the interior courtyard which contains the remains of the garrison which have succeeded one another in this enclosure since Antiquity. A room, fitted out as an antiquarium, accommodates various objects found on site as well as explanatory panels. The walkways, for their part, offer a superb view of the surroundings and the sea.

Opening time:

From 09/16 to 05/31: 9.30am – 4.30pm
From 01/06 to 15/09: 08.00 – 19.00

Ramadan times:

9: 00-17: 00

Entrance fees

8 Dt

Observations

Closed friday

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