Must-see Historic Sights in Tunisia

Tunisia offers a wonderful blend of Roman ruins, Islamic architecture and charming Mediterranean villages. During the golden age of Rome when the Roman Empire had reached its maximum expansion, Tunisia was a roman colony and the site of impressive constructions. In the centuries that followed, Muslims have imposed their own architectural styles, with elegant villas, luxurious palaces and gravity-defying minarets. Nowadays, Tunisia encompasses both the spirit of the Islam and the reminiscences of the Mediterranean civilizations. Above all, Tunisia prides of its rich heritage, which is why for today’s post I’ve selected the following  4 must-see historic sights in Tunisia:

Carthage

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We all know the dramatic story of Chartage: at the end of the third Punic war, Romans were so blinded by their hard victory, that they decided to burn the city to the ground. Very few has survived from this glorious antic city, however Julius Caesar has rebuilt it during its reign. A visit to the archeological site of Carthage will reveal traces of five civilizations: Punic, Roman, Vandal, Paleochristian and Arab.

Zitouna Mosque

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Zitouna or Al-Zaytuna mosque in the capital Tunis is not only a place of worship, but also a renowned academic center. While it’s hard to establish a date for the mosque’s construction, its importance in the Arabic world is widely acknowledged: the mosque and its university have inspired generations of architects, intellectuals and theologists. Another thing you should know about this old mosque is that columns form the destroyed Carthage have been used in its construction.

Dougga

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Also set in the proximity of Tunis, Dougga is the best preserved of all Roman settlements in Tunisia. Here you’ll get to admire the brilliant architecture of a typical Roman city, with all its well-established institutions: the central square, the amphitheater, the capitol, the public baths. Despite it being a relatively small town during the Roman times, Dougga is of great archeological and historical significance, as it also contains several cemeteries, as well as symbolic monuments such as triumphal arches.

El Jem

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Another inheritance from Roman times, El Jem has become one on Tunisia’s most visited monuments. If you are wondering what makes this archeological site stand out, well, just imagine a real-size replica of the Colosseum, hidden near a small Tunisian town. The monumental amphitheater is quite impressive even for the standards of those times, and if we judge it by today’s standards we cannot but admire its state of preservation and amazing seating capacity (it could fit about 35000 spectators).

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