Carthage today is a prestigious suburb of the country’s capital and is the summer residence of the president. Thousands of years ago, this city was one of the most powerful and wealthy. Founded 60 years before Rome, Carthage was almost completely destroyed.
The Colosseum in El Jam
One of the most visited attractions in Tunisia, the Roman amphitheater in the city of El Djem boasts a steady interest of tourists for three reasons. Firstly, it is a real colosseum, the grandeur of which could compete with the Roman counterpart.
The Fortress of Gazi Mustafa
The Citadel of Gazi Mustafa is the most monumental landmark of Djerba and is situated on the seafront of the capital of the island, the town of Houmt Souk. Its long and glorious war history goes back to the 9th century, when the Arab conquerors of North Africa erected a fortified citadel on the coast to protect it against pirates.
Tunis City Medina
Chattering, vibrant and a little brash, the Arab city of Tunis is nestled just beyond the massive medieval Sea Gate. It’s the number one place to soak up the original color of Tunisian life and, of course, to buy souvenirs.
The small, ancient and charming Hammamet Medina is where, until the end of the 19th century, the city itself, with its 300 inhabitants, was located. Back then there were no rows of hotels, restaurants or discotheques and the only foreign visitors were the French.
The main museum of Tunisia, and perhaps the whole country, the National Museum Bardo is the world’s largest collection of magnificent Roman mosaics and a considerable collection of artifacts from the three thousand years of civilization in Tunisia.
The New Medina in Yasmine-Hammamet
The new medina of Yasmine-Hammamet, or the Mediterranean medina, as it is called, is a must for tourists vacationing in the resort and Hammamet. It is a recreated with exemplary care an ancient Arab city behind the fortress wall.
The Sahara Desert in Tunisia
Sahara Desert in Tunisia is the main southern sightseeing attraction, which is a must-visit from any resort in Tunisia. Unused to hot exotics northern tourist Sahara amazes by endless dunes of all shades of yellow, reaching far beyond the horizon.
La Griba Synagogue
Tunisia’s “main” synagogue and one of the oldest in North Africa, La Griba, which means “amazing” in Arabic, is located in a small village called Hara Segira, whose population has been mostly Jewish since the 6th century BC.
Hammamet Fort, the core of its old medina and an observation point for spectacular views of the bay and the tourist coast. One of the few historical monuments in the city, the fort is the mainstay of local sightseeing.
Nabela Archaeological Museum
“Small but proud” the archaeological museum in Nabela offers the curious tourist a brief and interesting excursion into the city’s more than 2,500 years of history. The collection is housed in a typical Tunisian one-story building with a spacious glass-roofed courtyard.
Sousse Archaeological Museum
The Archaeological Museum of Sousse is considered one of the best in Tunisia, for which there is every reason: its extensive and valuable collection of samples of ancient Roman mosaics is housed in the historic part of the medieval fortress kasba – so the interiors are no less interesting than the exhibits.
Grand Mosque of Kairouan
The Great Mosque is the main landmark of Kairouan and the pivot of city life. It is the jewel of Islamic architecture, the center of attraction for pilgrims, the meeting place of the citizens and the main object of tourist interest in this big, yellow and hot city in the center of the country.
The Great Mosque of Sousse
The Great Mosque of Sousse is the city’s main religious edifice and one of Tunisia’s most revered mosques. The Great Mosque occupies the central square of the medina and with its powerful structure seems to set the rhythm for the surrounding buildings – the massive ribat, the old squat houses and the fortress walls.
Baron Erlanger’s Villa Shining Star
“The German millionaire Baron Rodolphe Erlanger gave his brainchild, the magnificent estate on a picturesque hillside in Sidi Bou Said, a romantic name. Like all the buildings in the town, the “Shining Star” villa is painted in a uniform white and blue color scheme.
Star Wars scenery in Tunisia
The setting for George Lucas’ iconic “Star Wars” saga is one of the must-stops on the itinerary of a two-day tour of the Sahara. Though since the filming of the epic’s first film, “Episode IV. A New Hope,” for which they were built, almost 40 years have passed.
The house-museum of Anastasia Shirinskaya in Bizerte
A corner of Russian culture in the hot lands of Africa, the house-museum of Anastasia Shirinskaya in Bizerte is a neat two-story mansion with a front garden not far from the Orthodox Church of Alexander Nevsky. The bustling heart of the city is a stone’s throw away.
Zoo “Frigia” is the most popular attraction in Tunisia for children, where it will be interesting to visit and adults. In this open-air wildlife park you can see not only the “signature” fauna of the African continent, but also their smaller brethren.
St. Vincent de Paul Cathedral
The architectural dominant feature of Habib Bourguiba Avenue, Saint Vincennes de Paul Cathedral is the spiritual center for Catholics living in Tunisia. It bears the name of St. Vincennes de Paul, a Christian preacher who was sold into slavery in Tunisia in the 17th century.
An honorary member of the UNESCO World Heritage List, the archaeological park of Kerkouan is unique for several reasons at once. Firstly, from a historical point of view: it is the only Phoenician town in North Africa and one of the very few in the world that is still intact.
The state of Tunisia (Republic of Tunisia) is one of the pearls of North Africa. Excellent beaches and chic diving, fantastic thalassotherapy for its healing properties, and a rich program of excursions attract travelers from around the world. Tunisia is located on the border of Arab and European cultures, which gives the walks through its attractions additional flavor.
The history of the region is conventionally divided into Punic, Christian and colonial periods. This is reflected in the museum testimonies of former times, in the exteriors and interiors of buildings and works of art. However, if we talk about the capital of the state, called Tunis, a very significant period for it can be called the colonial era. The French colonists did not treat the local culture with liberal understanding and respect, imposing their own rules. And since nostalgia for the “best of cities” had already got on their nerves, a Paris-like city grew up on the African continent. Until now, the building of the 19th century has not survived completely, but the colorful “Paris Arabs”, surrounded by more traditional buildings around the perimeter and preserved in the form of a small business quarter, still attracts tourists from around the world. Do not miss a chance to walk along the avenue Habib Bourguiba, visit the medina (the old city, founded in the 8th century), see the mosque Zitouna and the mausoleum Torbet el Bey, look at the palaces of Dar el Bey, Dar Ben Abdellai and the famous palace Bardo, which houses a very colorful mosaic museum.
Each small town of Tunisia conceals a lot of curious places in each of the streets, you just need to detach from vanity, smell, taste and listen – and a sea of unforgettable experience is guaranteed!
However, the main attraction of Tunisia is the ancient remains of the city of Carthage. As the older brother of Rome, it was the most prosperous city in the Arab world, until it seriously laid claim to world domination – and therefore even its location on a mountain top did not save it from destruction by the militant Romans. It was literally razed to the ground a couple of thousand years ago, but to this day the ruins of Carthage keep echoes of the magnificent architecture and its cultural heritage and everyday items, works of art decorate the collection of museums not only Tunisia, but also many world capitals. Amphitheater of Carthage, Birsa hill with St. Louis Cathedral, National Museum of Carthage, thermae of Emperor Antoninus Pius and the huge cisterns to collect water Maalga are must-see places.
One of the best preserved archaeological parks in Tunisia and much of Africa, the authentic Roman city of Dugga bears testimony to the times when the local lands were provinces of Rome. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dougga offers visitors an abundance of ancient ruins from all times: an amphitheater built in 199 AD which is still the site of an annual theater festival, a Punic mausoleum, a forum and the Winds’ Square, the Capitol, the Caracalla Baths, 21 temples from different periods and religions and much more.
Sidi Bou Said, 17 km from the capital of Tunisia, is a small museum town on a hill overlooking the picturesque Gulf of Carthage. The landscape is beautifully complemented by contrasting local architecture: snow-white buildings with piercing blue shutters, casings on the windows and shaped bars on them. Since 1915 it is forbidden by law to change anything in the appearance of buildings, and that is why most houses of the old part of the town are ready museum exhibits. The Dar el-Annabi is particularly worth a visit, as is the Arab and Mediterranean Music Museum.
To wander through the streets of Tunisia’s most authentic medina, you must go to Kairouan, once the holy capital of Tunisia, which for Muslims is still considered the fourth most important after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. In addition, Kairouan, founded in the 7th century by Arabs at the crossroads of the most important trade routes of Africa, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Must-see sites include the main mosque and the ruins of the Ruler’s Palace, as well as authentic carpet workshops with wonderful knotted carpets.
Sousse is the most bustling youth resort of the coast, with an obligatory medina behind the fortress wall, a medieval fortress, picturesque architecture, as well as the noisiest discotheque of the coast – Bora Bora. Just next door is Port el Kantaoui, a tiny port garden that attracts tourists with luxury hotels, villas, and a fabulous yacht club.
But connoisseurs of silence, solitude and natural attractions should not pass by the excursion to Duz – the gateway to the silence of the largest Sahara Desert on the planet. In confirmation of this on the outskirts of the city, right in front of the Great Dune, there is a monument in the form of a key. Numerous excursions to the Sahara depart from here, but the city itself remains a part of it: one half of it looks like many other Tunisian cities with their medina, and the other half reminds us that it is a real oasis in the desert with a thicket of fiinic palms. Today it is a tourist center with all the necessary services.
However, this is only part of the variety of experiences, curious evidence of antiquity and modern colors that you will find in Tunisia. Each town here hides a lot of curious places in each of the streets, you just need to detach yourself from vanity, smell, taste and listen, and you will have a sea of unforgettable experiences!
In the catalog of the main attractions of Tunisia with photos and descriptions, marked on the map in Russian. From this article and reviews of tourist attractions in Tunisia you can choose the most interesting places in the capital and other cities to make your own tour itinerary.
Tunisia is a special country. It combines the Byzantine and ancient culture and the centuries-old tradition of Islam. Beaches and viewing platforms, eastern bazaars, mosques and cathedrals, modern museums and majestic ancient fortresses, archaeological sites – there you will find something to your liking.
The most famous amphitheater of Tunisia is located in El Djem. Originally it was designed for a capacity of about 30 thousand people. The restored complex is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site, from time to time it becomes a venue for classical music concerts, a place for cultural festivals.
The main holy city of Tunisia and the Maghreb is Kairouan. The city is home to Sidi Okba Mosque – the first monument of medieval Islamic architecture in terms of its significance and time of appearance.
Of great interest are the archaeological museums and Roman complexes near the capital and other cities. There are ancient monuments on the island of Djerba, where they seamlessly coexist with modern buildings. Option family excursion program on the island is a visit to a crocodile farm.
What to see in Tunisia
Carthage is an ancient city that has known prosperity and power, complete destruction, rebirth and decline.
The amphitheater of El Djem is located 42 kilometers from Mahdia and is an important historical monument.
The Djerbahud neighborhood is an unusual and most photogenic place in Djerba, which tourists often miss.
George Sebastian House is an unusual villa built in 1920 in Hammamet by a wealthy Romanian architect.
The Carthage National Museum, along with the Bardo National Museum, is one of the two main local .
Attractions in Tunisia on the map
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Attractions of the capital of Tunisia
The country’s main city, Tunisia, is famous for its historic buildings and is a cultural and business center with many different sights.
The exhibition of the Salambo Oceanographic Museum, the main maritime museum of Tunisia, will be of interest to children. The 11 halls of the museum house historical exhibits, an exhibition on the flora and fauna of the region, and aquariums.
You can learn more about the history of Tunisia and the Maghreb at the National Museum Bardo, located in the palace complex.
The peculiarity of Tunisia is a variety of temples of world religions. Religious symbol of the capital is the Great Mosque, built in the VIII century on the site of a wonderful olive tree. Only the inner courtyard is open for tourists.
Near the entrance to the medina is St. Vincent’s Cathedral, an eclectic Catholic temple by its architecture. At the beginning of Mohammed V Avenue one can see the blue cupolas of the Church of the Resurrection, Tunisia’s only orthodox church.
However, the most popular attractions of Tunisia are still in the suburbs: most excursions lead to the ancient monuments of Carthage.
Tunis sights by city
Carthage is the ancient capital of the great state. From the former greatness of the ancient city are only the ruins of the central buildings, Roman villas, ancient cemeteries and Byzantine churches, once the largest on the African continent of the amphitheater and the grandiose thermae of Antony.
Very interesting for tourists is the city of Sousse, one of the best resorts on the Mediterranean Sea. Ribat Fortress once served to protect the city from the coast. Its walls, built more than a thousand years ago, are perfectly preserved, and watchtower Nador is now used as a viewing platform. Other major attractions in this Tunisian resort include the Archaeological Museum and the Great Mosque.
Hammamet is popular primarily as a center of resort leisure and recreation, but even here you can choose several destinations for excursions. For example, a tour of the house-villa of George Sebastian or go to the archaeological site Sidi Djedidi, where artifacts were found over three thousand years old. On the territory of the complex-museum in the open air you can see the ruins of the ancient streets and unique mosaics made by the Romans.
Village Tatavin (Fum Tatavin) – a place of pilgrimage of “Star Wars” fans, because in the vicinity of partly filmed, preserved scenery of the spaceport Mos Espa.
Private Guides in Tunisia
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