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Things to do in Carthage

The Tunisian city, Carthage was once home to the ancient Carthaginian civilization. It was inhabited by the Berber people who consisted of a large part of its population and army. It is popular as a holy site and only one of the few ones remaining of Punic Carthage. Depending on interpretation, children here were either buried or sacrificed.

Carthage is one of Tunisia’s most historically significant cities; having fought a number of wars, the city has seen a lot of destruction but did not succumb to it, and went on to developing into a costal suburb of Tunis. For those who are visiting this city, one of the most important things to do in the city is to visit the ‘Carthaginian Ruins’. It is an experience which no history lover should miss. Surprisingly, the ruins are still in pretty good condition. However, the fact that they are scattered all over the place can make going from one ruin to another a weary process but the things you get to know make the weariness worth it. Your visit to Carthage would be incomplete without visiting this ruin site, so visiting the Carthaginian Ruins should definitely be one of the first things to do in the city. Moving a little away from Carthage’s history, for those tourists who wish to know about the Tunisian history the Carthage Museum is one of the top places to visit in the city. Most of the artifacts that are displayed within the museum have their information listed in three languages: English, Arabic and French which serves to be a great perk for people who may not understand Arabic and French that well. However, it is recommended to carry a language guide book which would help you understand any facts that may not be in your language.


For those who cannot get enough of architecture, Saint Louis Cathedral is another one of the places to visit in the city. One very interesting thing about almost all the buildings and museums in Carthage is that despite having existed for so long, they all seem to be in very good condition. Saint Louis Cathedral is no exception to this, either. What makes visiting this place as one of the most interesting things to do in the city is the history associated to it. It is said that this Cathedral is built on the remains of what once used to be the temple of Eshmoum, who was the God of Healing. Another one of the interesting things to do in the city would be to visit Villas Romaines. Walk on breathtaking Roman mosaic floors and look around the ruins of Roman villas, which at one time may have been such an amazing place to reside in. With so many things to do in the city and so many places to see, Carthage is a favorite tourist spot.

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Carthage National Museum is an archaeological museum located in Tunisia. Visitors can find many historical items of interest in the museum. The museum was established in 1875 and contains one of the most extensive collections of historical items. Most of the items displayed at the museum were excavated from various archaeological sites in the country.

The museum is situated near the Cathedral of Saint-Louis of Carthage. Here, visitors can appreciate the various items or the ancient Punic and Roman eras including marble and limestone carvings depicting plants and animals. Also on exhibit in the museum are large collection of jewelry, masks, Roman mosaics, and amphoras. Visitors can also find objects that belong to the Byzantium era.

Most of the items on display at the museum have been collected from excavations conducted during colonial rule. The museum itself was established by a European Charles Martial Lavigerie during the late 19th century. It was known as Museum Lavigerie until 1956 when the name was changed to Carthage National Museum. The museum was first opened as a national museum in 1963. Over the years, the museum has undergone various renovations to accommodate new objects discovered in additional archeological excavation sites.

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Acropolium of Carthage, Saint Louis Cathedral

Acropolium of Carthage, Saint Louis Cathedral

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Antoine Baths

Antoine Baths

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Byrsa

Byrsa

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Magon Quarter

Magon Quarter

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The Tophet, Carthage

The Tophet, Carthage