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Carthage Museum

It is the Acropolis ofpunic Carthage and then Roman Carthage. Under the French protectorate, a great cathedral is built as a seminary for the White Fathers.

The Museum of Carthage moved later in the premises of this seminar.

The museum is located at Byrsa’s top hill. it has in his immediate environment and got close to the development of Punic and Roman remains excavated (Punic residential area of IIIrd-IInd century BC. JC monuments and relics of the Roman Forum).

Renovated and adapted to its new role, the museum gathers, preserves and exhibits the collections of archaeological objects from the site.

Three major periods are thus traced: Phoenician-Punic, Roman and African, Arab and Muslim.

The nature of the objects varies according to the specifics of each period: pottery, stelae, sarcophagi, sculptures, mosaics, inscriptions, ceramics and small objects.

*First Floor:
- Showrooms for Punic, Roman, early Christian, Arab and Muslim periods.
- Reserves of collections: mosaics, architecture, sculptures, inscriptions, ceramics and small objects
- Showroom: Punic contains a miniature Tovah Carthage model (temple and tomb) shows the various stages of burial, and also there is a memorial hall and votive sculptures and masterpieces on a small local scale manufacture or Import.

This floor contains the tombs and votive monuments of Punic, from tombs of Carthage, with the allocation of a room that shows how the interdependence of correct science and archeology
Another room in the early Christian carvings, boxes, pool tiles, mosaics roast.
The wing of the building adjacent to the museum contains an exhibition hall on the first floor dedicated to the search results of French.

The Museum of Carthage Exhibitions Archaeological Museum of Carthage

The Punic and neighborhood forum

This area is located near the National Museum of Carthage and is in the flag outdoors.
This area has been rehabilitated at the time of Hannibal (early second century BC. JC).
It houses a collection of carefully constructed and aligned along the straight roads, regular, with all the amenities and comfort existing at the time: water tank, sewage drainage, stucco walls, mosaic floors .
We also find the shops open on the street on the ground floor of buildings.

Le quartier punique et le forum
The district Punic and forum
Byrsa The district has been destroyed and burned with the city in the year 146 BC But the area remained protected from extinction by a huge layer of dust and debris from land.

Antonin Therms

Form a set of remains among the most remarkable of Roman Carthage. It was built by the sea, under the reign of the emperor Antoninus 142-162. The fact remains today that the basement rooms with vaulted supported the huge bathrooms. On the central axis, a vast frigidarium of 47x22 m supported by 8 large granite columns of which was reconstituted to give an idea of what height (15m with its big) room and a hot-shaped dome.

While both sides symmetrically extended rooms whose parts are arranged around the courtyard to overcast the palestra. It is certainly a building at once gigantic and majestic for the health of the population and also for relaxation and culture.

Emerged in several campaigns since 1944 and until 1996, this monument has been building and restoring constant.

This is the monument most visited by tourists. Behind the spa is a vast set of ruins covering several insula between Decumanus North III and V Decumanus North East Kardo XLL to XVIII. With several private houses recognizable by their mosaic pavement and a basilica (Kardo. XIII-XIV Decumanus. North III-IV) told Dermech whose mosaic pavement was remarkable at the time of its discovery in the early twentieth century.

Les Thermes d'Antonin Les Thermes d'Antonin

The District of Roman villas

Stepped on the eastern slope of the hill at the Odeon, and aligned along the Kardo decumanus and a whole range of aristocratic villas have been identified and highlighted.

This district has a group of aristocratic houses located symmetrically at the foot of the plateau east of the Odeon, and along the "Alcardo and" Duquemanus "(Carthage approaches by dividing the streets of Old Romanian) and penetrate in the corridors after the design of streets in the old Romanian.

All these homes show by their size and decor, comfort and luxury owners who should belong to the aristocracy of the city.

Among the monuments which still exist:

-Building "Aleskula Schola the seat of political association, religious ritual organized by the Empire
-A Christian church dating from the seventh century
-A church in the Byzantine architectural character pure
-The Punic cemetery
-Roman house dating from the third century, was partially restored in 1960 and called "Villa of the aviary" is characterized by the beautiful mosaic in the paved courtyard.

Villas romaine

The Odeon

The Odeon Or covered theater, stood atop the hill which is backed theater. His cavea who wore the bleachers and the stage wall and the facade were fully constructed.

The building was preceded by a large rectangular courtyard north. Completely demolished by the use of his material that was in large aircraft. Only a few foundations and elements of architecture and decoration have been found in excavations in 1900-1901.

In tanks located in the basement, was extracted a large number of fragments of marble statues and architecture that is part of the decoration of the Odeon.

This monument has been excavated, research and study in 1994-1999.


The Roman theater was built in the early second century BC on the banks of the Hill Odeon.

This monument is characterized by the beauty of its architecture, decoration and style semi-circular seating and will make more than 100 m in diameter, interspersed with columns topped with marble trimmed.

Theater of Carthage is decorated with statues, the most important was Apollo, which was tabled at the Bardo Museum.
The theater has played an important role in the lives of the citizens of Carthage, who loved the theater Art, music, simulation, and philosophy, and contributed to the influence of culture at that time.

And still to this day he is still the destination of lovers of various forms of theater, music and dance ... and was renovated in 1967 to serve as a framework for the International Festival of Carthage.

International Festival of Carthage. Roman Theater in Carthage

The Basilica of Damus El Karita

The monument consists of two large churches and some outbuildings.

The Basilica of Damus El Karita is the largest church in Carthage and the largest found in Africa Romanian (/ 45 65 AD).

It appears divided into several columns and consists of a chapel Tricon, a baptistery and an underground rotunda, is a religious complex on the outskirts of the urban cadastre.
His remains were excavated by P.

Delattre in 1878. She delivered a large number of funerary inscriptions, most broken.
And adjacent to the church, there are other buildings from later periods. The date of this monument remains undefined.

The Basilica of Damus El Karita The Basilica of Damus El Karita

Large tanks of Malaga

Located in the system of rural centuriation at the end of the urban cadastre, consist of a series of parallel juxtaposed compartments 15, 100m long, 7m wide, 7m high on vault, covering more than one hectare, and a capacity of over 50.000m3 served by a branch of the aqueduct Zaghouan.

It is the largest water reservoir of the Roman world as an affirmation of the importance of Carthage as a great city of antiquity.

They covered the last few years of work release and consolidation aimed to highlight as home visits by the public.

Large tanks of Malaga Large tanks of Malaga

The Circular Monument

This building is probably intended martyrology, memorial of the late fourth century abandoned following the Vandal invasion and restored during the Byzantine reconquest.

Its architecture reveals a plan consisting of two concentric rings dodecagonal consisting of 12 pillars surmounted by a dome diameter of 8.40m and placed in a rectangle of 38.60 x 31.20m occupying part of the insula bounded by the East Kardo II-III and Decumanus North III-IV.

This monument is being searched by a Canadian team.

The Paleo-Christian Museum

In the late '70s and early '80s, excavations have shed light on the effects of the construction of one of the largest buildings of Carthage in AD is the Basilica of cartajana "which been built on the site of the cathedral called "Ristitauta after the year 533 AD, when the takeover of Byzantine armies of Carthage, after the expulsion of the Vandals, who ruled Africa for a century.

On the site of excavations elected up the Paleo-Christian Museum, on the edge of the Avenue Habib Bourguiba, which crosses the entire northern suburbs of Tunis.

This museum includes more home religious building a house assigned to "drivers Greeks.

The museum was designed by an American team in the framework of UNESCO campaign for the maintenance of Carthage, or has presented a reading of searches giving an idea of the dignity of this site and its wealth in its bright eras.

The lights were thrown on excavation techniques and treatment of various discoveries.

The amphitheater

It is situated at the entrance to the city to Hwy Tunisia - Carthage, is a monument as large as the stage of El Jem.

The amphitheater was the scene and witness of all the bloody battles that took place between gladiators and condemned to death and predators.

The purpose of this struggle, which was organized by the sovereign is to highlight the plight of everyone hating the politics of his reign.

Built upon the foundation of the imperial city, he 120x93m with or 64x36m arena.

In the Second-Third, it has been considerably expanded to meet 156x128m area and a capacity of over 41,000 places where only the oval arena was cleared.

The amphitheater at the beginning of the twentieth century Front side of the amphitheater

The district said Magon

Is the result of excavations and the development of a set of remains located by the sea
This place is an urban gathering back in the fifth century BC. JC marked by the presence of a harmonious neighborhood design and sheltered by a powerful wall topped with everything, including a seaport.

During the last period, the area was redesigned: small houses gave way to bigger houses with colonnaded courtyard and floor, remnants of painted stucco, mortar and soil polychrome pavements exposed in two Antiquarium, witnessed the quality of architecture. Wells and cisterns assured water supply.

The area of Punic Carthage was destroyed but the Romans who refounded a new capital on the same site have retained the same orientation they register extended to the whole of the city.

Punic Ports


The Phoenicians were quickly taken advantage of the unique site of Carthage in recent years has become a trading station and the Mediterranean port. Its stores port representing the heart of the city were full of goods worldwide.

Researchers have discovered that these ports have been established between the second and third centuries BC, some 600 years after the founding of Carthage. These ports have a military port and a commercial port, containing sophisticated equipment, including tanks for the restoration and repair of ships and sites to build new ships and stores of goods and raw materials.

The military port and the island entaient covered the entire length of the island of berths suitable to accept 220 vessels and surrounded by seats very high, the island was rising at the entrance of how to enable the "Admiral to see what happens at sea, while the entrants do not see inside the port itself traders can not see what is happening inside the military port.

The ships entered the military port in the commercial port, which had a single entry from the sea, 70 feet wide and closes with metal shackles and after the destruction of Carthage in 146 BC, the Punic ports were rebuilt by Romans, who rebuilt the island to the year 200 AD.

Punic ports between yesterday and today Punic ports between yesterday and today

Cemetery "Tophet"

The Carthaginians had a verse of religiosity and piety, they used to believe in a world of superposition of sacred beings. The practice of certain rituals by the believer is not only a source of prosperity and happiness in the land but also assures the salvation of the soul and they have cultivated the worship of many gods of Phoenician origin, and such Malqot Ashtert and especially the rain god Baal Hamon the Lord and water the plants and its companion Tanit, the goddess of fertility and life which we find his name on thousands of monuments in Carthage.

And like most people as the ancient Hebrews, Romans, Greeks and Gauls, Carthaginians offered sacrifices to the gods, and often consist of one of their son whose age exceeds most often six months and purpose of these offerings is to look for a link between the earthly world and the world of the gods.

This is the price to pay for the gods to protect them or reward them, they also offer fragrances, food, fruits, animals and even pottery ....
Altovap and largest temples of Carthage, a special place for worship and religious rituals in Carthage. It is actually a vast cemetery.

It was the temple of the gods "Tanit" and "Baal Hammon" and the oldest place of worship and practice of religious rites and human sacrifice in Carthage.
It is now a vast cemetery for the burial of the remains for seven centuries older noble families (not exceeding six months) subject to the gods apparently after being shot.

Cemetery "tophet "

Today the monuments represent an archaeological park and sea and are open to the public through the acquisition of a single ticket.

Hours of Visits:

Date Hours
from 16/09 to 30/04 from 8h.30 to 15h
from 01/5 to 15/9 from 8h to 18h

Ticket Prices :10 DT

Note that access is free the first Sunday of each month and at religious and national holidays.


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