Monty Python's Life of Brian, 1979
visit the film locations
Tunisia: Getting there: flights to Habib Bourguiba International Airport, Monastir
Tourist info: Tunisian National Tourism Office
Specialist tours: Panorama Tunisia Experience specialists in Tunisian holidays (based in the UK)
Visit the fascinating Ribat at Monastir
Monty Python's Life of Brian filming location: "Welease Woger!": The Ribat, Monastir, Tunisia
Very naughty boy Brian Cohen (Graham Chapman) gets mistaken for the Messiah – and makes a pretty good job of the position – in the Python team’s brilliant satire.
Monty Python's Life of Brian filming location: The Ribat, Monastir, Tunisia
You can visit the film’s ‘Holy Land’ settings in Tunisia, where most of the film was shot in the Ribat, the fortified monastery at Monastir, previously the setting for Franco Zeffirelli’s terminally pious TV production, Jesus of Nazareth.
Monastir, with its airport, is the centre of the Gulf of Hammamet’s tourist coast, though the town itself is small and away from the hotel complexes. The Ribat, with its maze of walls and passages, is open to the public (admission charge).
Monty Python’s Life of Brian filming location: ‘Jerusalem’ city walls: The Kasbah, Sousse, Tunisia
The city walls are the Kasbah at Sousse, the major city about 25 miles west of Monastir. The Kasbah is now a museum, containing a collection of Roman mosaics.
Many tour guides, countless internet sites and indeed guide books, will tell you that the ‘Jerusalem’ Colosseum scene was filmed at the spectacular amphitheatre of El Djem. Well, it wasn't.
Towering over the small town of El Djem, the third largest Roman amphitheatre in the world is certainly worth visiting, but it bears no resemblance to the arena seen in the film.
In fact, the scene of Brian being recruited into the People’s Front of Judea at the bloody ‘Children’s Matinee’ was filmed at the Roman theatre in Carthage, northern Tunisia, with plenty of set-dressing and matte painting.