Top 25: Worth seeing sights in Tunisia.
Brief description Tunisia is a sunny country in northwest Africa, whose shores are washed by the warm waves of the Mediterranean Sea. Identity, eternal summer and amazing nature – all this attracts holidaymakers from all over the world. Tunisian culture over the years has been influenced by different peoples – the Berbers, Phoenicians, the ancient Romans, the Ottomans, the Arabs and the Europeans. Each of them has introduced their unique features in the development of the country, and now it surprises the visiting guests with a harmonious cultural symbiosis. In Tunisia, it impresses not only with history and culture, but also with nature – the majestic slopes of the Atlas Mountains, sand dunes of the Sahara, picturesque bays and beaches of the Mediterranean coast. We offer our guests a modern infrastructure, as well as the hospitality, politeness and warmth of the locals. We suggest you get acquainted with the most interesting places in the country.
The capital is Tunisia.
Its currency is the Tunisian dinar. It is important to know that the import and export of the dinar across state borders is prohibited and punishable by law.
The language is Arabic.
The time in Tunisia is midnight, in Moscow it is 2 am. There is no daylight saving time.
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Where to go and what to see in Tunisia?
The most interesting and beautiful places, photos and descriptions.
1. amphitheater (El Djem)
A majestic building erected in the years 232-238 A.D. stands among the modern constructions in the city of El Djem in Tunisia. This ancient amphitheater was built similar to the Colosseum in Rome and is only slightly inferior in size to this famous monument of ancient Roman architecture. The construction of the amphitheater was started by the Romans, but it was never completed because of the revolts against Roman rule. The incomplete amphitheater was used for gladiatorial fights and chariot races, and today the remains of this historic structure attract hundreds of tourists. Here you can feel the real flavor of ancient Rome – imagine yourself a patrician watching the arena from the podium, or wander through the underground corridors, where the gladiator slaves were waiting for their turn to fight.
2. The ancient city of Carthage
The ancient state of Carthage is known to everyone – they talk about it in history textbooks, books are written about it and blockbusters are filmed, and almost everyone has heard the expression “Hannibal at the gates! The city of Carthage was founded in 814 B.C. by settlers from the Phoenician city of Tyre, and by the III century A.D. the Carthaginian state had become the largest in the Mediterranean. Before it was destroyed by the Romans in 146 AD, Carthage had a flourishing trade and culture and cities with well-developed infrastructure and high living standards. Today, the remains of ancient Carthage can be visited by driving just 15 kilometers from the capital. Tourists can admire the ruins of ancient buildings – an amphitheater, fragments of houses, thermae and aqueduct. The attention of tourists is attracted by the huge cisterns, which served as water reservoirs – they are well preserved and clearly visible.
Tunis sights – Top 40
The territory of Tunisia has historically always been inhabited by different peoples, so it is not surprising that this land has preserved many cultural heritage sites. This article tells you what sights Tunisia must visit every tourist.
Historical sites of Tunisia
El Djem Amphitheater.
Amphitheater was built by the proconsul Gordian, who ruled North Africa in the mid-3rd century. The scope of construction was enormous – the theater could accommodate thirty thousand people, and the length of the structure was 65 meters. But the consul’s plans were not destined to come to fruition until the end – the construction was stopped after 8 years after the start of work.
Amphitheater is very reminiscent of the Roman Colosseum, so filming of movies about gladiators often take place here. Some of the ancient Roman mosaics are still preserved. For fans of antiquity – Top 40 attractions in Italy and historical sites in Turkey.
2. Ruins of Carthage
In North Africa there was the Phoenician state of Carthage with the capital of the same name for a long time. This country has long offered fierce resistance to the Roman Empire, but in the Punic War Carthage was defeated, and the Roman legionnaires destroyed the once thriving Mediterranean port of Carthage to the ground. However, the ruins of this city have survived to this day, and tourists visit these sites every year to look at the remains of buildings from the 4th century B.C.
3. The Cave City of Matmata
Cave settlements are the only way to escape the heat in the desert. Berber tribes have for centuries lived in caves that are carved into the holes in the mountains. Amazingly, 1,800 people continue to live in such houses. Each apartment has several rooms, in general, the layout is no different from the usual apartment in the city. The locals even manage to keep cattle in the cave houses. The cave town constantly attracts a huge number of curious visitors.
The Baths of Antony Pius
During the reign of the Roman Emperor Antony Pius, baths were built in Carthage, the ruins of which have survived to this day. At one time the baths were considered the most important edifices in Roman Carthage where the local nobility gathered regularly to discuss political and social issues. The buildings themselves were supported by massive marble columns, and recently one of them was restored and put back in its original place. This landmark in Tunis offers a picturesque view of the Mediterranean Sea.
5. Ribat Harlem Fortress
The fortress of Ribat Harlem is the most famous attraction of Tunisia. It was built in the eighth century to strengthen the defense of Monastir against external enemies. The castle was gradually enlarged and new buildings were added to it, and by today an entire historical complex and religious shrine has been preserved. Now here is a museum of Islamic art, in the halls of the fortress are exhibited various mosaics, chronicles, items of fabric, paintings, also remained a beautiful mosque.
6. National Museum of Carthage
National Museum is one of the oldest cultural sites in Tunisia. The building is made in the Byzantine style. All archaeological finds from Carthage are exhibited in this museum. Among the exhibits on display are sculptures, earthenware, and stone figurines from the Roman and Phoenician periods of Carthage’s history. In front of the entrance to the museum are statues of the ancient Roman gods. From the windows of the building offers a gorgeous view of Tunisia and the Mediterranean.
7. Roman theater in Carthage
Theater was considered an honorable art in the Roman Empire, so theaters were built in every corner of the vast state. Tourists often ask what to see in Tunisia of such institutions? The most beautiful theater was located in Carthage. At one time, the theater could seat 5,000 people. The stage has not survived to this day – it was destroyed by Arabs in the VII century, but tourists can see the ruins of the spectator rows and a few marble columns, on which the entire massive structure was based. Nowadays various events and exhibitions are held there.
8. The Fortress Gate of Port El Kantaoui
Port El Kantaoui is a popular tourist center where entertainment events and discos are held all the time. However, this city also has a historical landmark in Tunisia – the Fortress Gate, which was built in the mid-twelfth century. The fortifications of the city are a model of Muslim medieval fortification art. At the same time the fortress gate perfectly fits into the cheerful and rambunctious atmosphere of Port El Kantaoui.
9. Ruins of the Birsa Fortress
The main defense structure of ancient Carthage was the fortress of Birsa. The Romans destroyed the citadel during their siege of the city, but the ruins of the huge fortress have survived. Every year archaeologists find more and more artifacts here, including Phoenician. Most of the finds are now preserved in a national museum, but some of the artifacts and the living quarters themselves are housed directly in the citadel. Birsa is also home to several Christian cathedrals and churches.
10. City of Dugga
In the 19th century the ruins of the city of Dugga were discovered in northwestern Tunisia. It is a Roman settlement, built in the II-III century BC. Here are preserved almost all the cultural buildings of that time – the temple of Juno Celeste, the Capitol, the Mausoleum of Atheban, the triumphal arch of Septimus Severus, the theater and the baths. Every year, the Dugga Theater hosts the Festival of Ancient Drama, which attracts thousands of tourists every year.