Site of Carthage

Site of Carthage
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The Site of Carthage comprises the remains of a capital city that has been influential in the Mediterranean region, especially as representative of the Phoenico-Punic civilization.

Carthage is an ancient city in Tunisia, originally founded by Phoenician colonists. Under the leadership of Elissa, Queen Dido, Carthage became a large and rich city and thus a major power of the Mediterranean until her destruction in the Third Punic War in 146 BC.

Although the center of the Punic culture was destroyed, it continued in Roman times. Rome also refounded Carthage, becoming one of the three most important cities of the Empire, a position that would last until the Muslim conquest when it was destroyed a second time in 698.

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Dr. Owen Mifsud

Malta -

Unfortunately not much of what was Carthage remains today. The museum however, explains really well its tragic past and former glory. Beautiful statues, figures and parts of buildings abound in the museum. The museum is right next to a Christian Cathedral that is worth visiting. We also got to see the Roman Amphiteathre and the Antonine Baths - the remains of the Roman Empire that conquered the Carthaginians. Carthage abounds with many historical places and we had planned only a day tour of the area and thus managed just a few sites. I would suggest spending a longer period to visit Carthage and the nearby towns and Capital city.


Klaus Freisinger

Austria -

I agree with the other posters that the present site doesn´t offer as much to see as one might expect, which is only understandable if you know what the Romans did to Carthage (completely razed the city, killed or enslaved its people and poured salt on the ground so that nothing would ever grow there again). However, a Roman city did eventually form there, and its ruins are still impressive, especially the baths. You mustn´t take pictures of the Tunisian President´s palace nearby, so beware! The guards may take your camera away! Anyway, besides the very few genuinely Carthaginian remnants and the great view of the sea, the most important thing is just to go there and to know that you´re standing on the site of one of the world´s great civilizations - one that brought mighty Rome almost to its feet.


Ian Cade

UK -

Site of Carthage by Ian Cade

There is not much left to see of Carthage which really is a testament to the Romans who totally obliterated their biggest rival of the period. It is pretty important therefore to get some background knowledge on the place before you go because it really is quite impressive.

The main site on Bysra Hill has some very impressive views across Tunis and to the Cape Bon Peninsula. If you go for a bit of a walk you will see that there are a few more intact bits below the forum. Then if you head down to the sea at the Punic Ports this is perhaps the best area as the lay-out of the ports that once held the mightiest navy in the world are still there, and next to them is the Tophet where it is reported that Child sacrificing went on, and the stalea that litter the site can be seen as an eerie testament to that. Further along to coast are the Roman Baths which are huge and probably the most impressive site to look at.

Carthage is very easy to get to from central Tunis there is a TGM train that runs there from the end of Ave. Boiurigibba (the main avenue) it takes about 25 minutes and there are four stations scattered around the sites to help you get around. The locals are ridiculously friendly and helpful


Kelly Henry

USA -

Carthage is a bit disappointing because not much is left but the trip alone is worth it. Take an electric trolley from Tunis and you can walk to the main part of the site from the Carthage Hannibal trolley stop. The museum is quite good but watch out for "freelancing" guides. The Roman mosaics in the courtyard of the museum are breathtaking and are just casually laying everywhere you look. Also, the view of the sea is fantastic from the hilltop. We tried to find the stadium but never could. Watch your belongings on the trolley!


Site Info

Full Name
Site of Carthage
Unesco ID
37
Country
Tunisia
Inscribed
1979
Type
Cultural
Criteria
2 3 6
Categories
Archaeological site - Phoenician
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1979 Inscribed

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The site has 13 locations

Site of Carthage: Basilica of Saint Cyprien
Site of Carthage: District of the punic ports and of the tophet
Site of Carthage: El Mbazaa Field
Site of Carthage: Land of the Maison de la chasse au sanglier
Site of Carthage: Land of the Maison de la course des chars
Site of Carthage: Land of the Roman house
Site of Carthage: Land of the Roman houses of Amilcar
Site of Carthage: Magon District
Site of Carthage: Sector of Bib Knissia Basilica
Site of Carthage: Sector of Bir Messaouda
Site of Carthage: Sector of Dermech Basilica
Site of Carthage: The area of the hills
Site of Carthage: Zone of the entrance to the harbours

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