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).

Italy, Tunisia, France
1 million Euros over 3 years
Project Leaders
Basilicata Region and IPOGEA (Italy), INP (Tunisia)
Main Partners
CoPaM, Aix Marseille University, Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme, LA3M, ICOMOS Italy, ICOMOS France, Région Sud Provence-Alpes- Côte d'Azur
Objectives of the project

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

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CoPaM in action
General project coordination (project engineering and linking of partners)
Creation of a network of scientific and technical expertise around the project
Search for funding (public and private)
Advocacy with each of the States for recognition of the property at the national level and then cooperation between States for inscription as a multiple property
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