This citadel was built at the
top of a 150m high rocky promontory overlooking
the sea on the northeastern side of Cape Bon.
The oldest parts of the fort comprise Roman components,
but the main part of the building dates to the
XVIth century. Subsequently, it underwent several
The massive, squat building is surrounded by
a thick wall with square towers. The entrance
is defended by a barbican. A ramp passing under
a fortified hall leads to the centre of the fort
which is surrounded by various spaces dating to
different periods, including, probably a Byzantine
chapel with three aisles where various documents
and plans relating to the fort are displayed,
as well as the remains of military installations,
an oratory and basins dating to Ottoman times.
A lighthouse stands in the bastion’s southern
corner from where an splendid panorama going as
far as the Italian island of Pantellaria can be
admired. From the wall walk the view overlooks
the town of Kelibia and the surrounding countryside.