Roman Relics in Tunisia

Roman architecture worldwide

History and Europe lovers have a great affair with most countries in Europe. The Roman and Greek ruins fascinate many history buffs as well as travel aficionados.  However, history’s footprints are all over the world. The Roman empire has had a good hold in Africa.

The prime example of their rule and power lies in Tunisia. Our previous post a few days back was about Tunisia in general and must-see sights there. However, we think that a separate post is a need for the Roman ruins and relics in this country. Europe has romanticized its gory past with the relics.

Therefore, its time now to bust the bubble and see how the rich tapestry of civilizations is woven in the continent of Africa. Here are a few amazing relics that Tunisia has hidden for long. Enjoy your trip to the country that needs a boost to their tourism.

Amphitheater – El Jem

This is probably the most notable relic of all. Primarily due to its striking resemblance with the Italian twin of Colosseum. This amphitheater is said to be built between 230-240 AD.

The seating arrangement in the theater, main arena, and the underground area for gladiators is all well maintained. If you have had the love for Roman wars and carnivals this is your definite stop.

Dougga

This one has immense worth and value in the eyes of historians and lovers of the eras bygone. It will be correct to say that this is a complete city. Also, it was well occupied until the 20th century, when the residents were asked to move out for its preservation.

The fact is this place has everything as a city does! The houses, lanes, plazas even the public places, all are well planned. One can easily gauge what civilized people lived here. Dougga is surrounded by fertile lands with cultivated wheat and olive trees to provide for food. The public theatres, baths, temples, and markets are easily comprehended when looked with the help of a guide. Therefore this has to be a definite place to be on ticked off when visiting Tunisia.

Bulla Regia

History shows how intelligent our predecessors were! Bulla Regia has houses that were built with immense attention to detail. The houses from the outside seem a simple one but a whole underground level is built, which would have been furnished back then. The still visible Roman Mosaics are also another major attraction for explorers.

Sbeïtla

This city is said to be founded in the 1st Century AD. Going by that age, this is definitely very well preserved.  Initially a Roman center, this place was then a Christian town and later passed onto Muslim rulers.

The great preservation makes any visitor understand the houses and areas well. There are three temples as well. The place has a map of ruins for visitors to understand and comprehend everything easily.

Carthage

This area was a vast empire, but not very lucky though. The Romans defeated the leader of Carthage. As a result, the area got destroyed in the wars. Later, it was taken under the Roman wing but the city was quite not a top priority for them. However, the ruins are in a good state despite the harshness the city faced.

You may also, have a better look at the preserved items and recreation of the lifestyle of Carthage’s people, in the Carthage National Museum.  The city also was an active harbor during the Roman era. They worked to make it better for their trade and war strategies.

Hammam Mellegue

This Hammam or bath as most people would call is 15 km away from El Kef. The thermal baths built in the second century are still in use.

The eldest spa with natural spring water is there for people to experience the ritual of the royals. A simple architecture of walls and natural pools, this place is an authentic experience that must be tried.

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