Legend has it that three brothers from Morocco made their three rocky peaks and each founded a village there. Indeed, Zriba, Takrouna and Jeradou have a singular air of family architecture and common traditions link these three villages.
Dominating the plain, they watch over the triangle between Zaghouan, Bouficha, and Enfidha. Their defensive role is unmistakable especially as this area is a gateway to the territory easy to cross for who comes from the sea and seeks to go inland.
Many lend to these common origins the agreement that linked Zriba, Takrouna and Jeradou in their defensive tactics but also in their traditional production of green soap and alfa objects.
Zriba Olia : To the delight of ghosts
The ancient village, Zriba Olia (Upper Zriba), of Berber origin, is located about three kilometers south of Hammam Zriba, about 60 kilometers south of Tunis.
Built between two rocky peaks, the village now in ruins offers a view of the Jebel Zaghouan, the fourth highest peak in Tunisia after Jebel Chaanbi.
By leaving the new village of Zriba to its thermal activities, we go towards the old village. The exploitation of nearby fluorite mines has left mounds that time has calcified, these high white slopes frozen in front of the sky open the way to the summit.
The Dantesque landscape is cut out in a world of rockery. The abandoned village, where only two families still live, is still well-preserved.
The traditional architecture ingeniously features the stones that constitute the vaulted roofs so that they best withstand the weather. Downstream from the old village, a stream has dug a deep gorge that completes giving the places a wild air.
The mines are no longer in operation and most of the tunnels have been closed, however, a small tour on the side of the large tunnel still accessible is an unforgettable experience.
Aqueducts built by the Romans to allow the transport of water at the time, along the entire road. The Berber village Zriba keeps a certain soul, which is not without reminding us of this civilization of the great Massinissa. The only white and well-restored monument is that of the saint: Sidi Abdelkader, guarded by Si Ali.
Going away from Berber village Zriba, the green plains are adorned with stones and rocks rich in iron. On some stones, nature has made drawings, close to those of prehistoric men: real works of art!
Following his visit to the village the Minister of Tourism Rooney Trabelsi said: The village of Upper Zriba is a forgotten hymn that should become a destination for nature-loving tourists.