The Rabatanes (sg. Ribat) are fortified complexes that characterize the Islamic expansion and presence in Africa and Europe from the 9th to the 13th centuries. Their remains bear witness to the fundamental characteristics of town planning, architecture, agriculture and landscape organization of the Arab-Berber civilization of this period. The Rabatanes also bear witness to the profound integration of the arts, technology, traditional skills, customs, gastronomy and language in the environmental and socio-economic context of the territories concerned.
The identification of the property "Ribat" started in Italy, in the Basilicata region (Rabatane de Pietrapertosa, Tricarico and Tursi) and will continue in the South of France (La Garde-Freinet, Massif des Maures, etc.) and Tunisia (Sousse).
Establishment of a partnership and a multilateralmethodology (Italy-Tunisia, then Morocco, Spain) for the inscription of the "Ribat" property on the national tentative lists, then its transboundary inscription on the World Heritage List as a multiple property
Identification and definition of the Exceptional Universal Value of Ribat properties on three territories in a first stage (Basilicate Region, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region, Sousse Region)
Catering and tourism development
Creation of a Euro-African cultural trail in the Ribats
Development of management plans