Category Archives: Tunisia ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ

Ichkeul National Park

The Ichkeul lake and wetland are a major stopover point for hundreds of thousands of migrating birds, such as ducks, geese, storks and pink flamingoes, who come to feed and nest there. Ichkeul is the last remaining lake in a chain that once extended across North Africa.

Since 1980 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Mohamed for the postcard.

tunisia - ichkeul

Medina of Sousse

Sousse was an important commercial and military port during the Aghlabid period (800โ€“909) and is a typical example of a town dating from the first centuries of Islam. With its kasbah, ramparts, medina (with the Great Mosque), Bu Ftata Mosque and typical ribat (both a fort and a religious building), Sousse was part of a coastal defence system.

Since 1988 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Hadhemi for the postcard.

tunisia - sousse

Amphitheatre of El Jem

The impressive ruins of the largest colosseum in North Africa, a huge amphitheatre which could hold up to 35,000 spectators, are found in the small village of El Jem. This 3rd-century monument illustrates the grandeur and extent of Imperial Rome.

Since 1979 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Mohamed for the postcard.

tunisia - el jem

Punic Town of Kerkuane and its Necropolis

This Phoenician city was probably abandoned during the First Punic War (c. 250 B.C.) and as a result was not rebuilt by the Romans. The remains constitute the only example of a Phoenicio-Punic city to have survived. The houses were built to a standard plan in accordance with a sophisticated notion of town planning.

Since 1985 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Mohamed for the postcard.

tunisia - kerkuane

Medina of Tunis

Under the Almohads and the Hafsids, from the 12th to the 16th century, Tunis was considered one of the greatest and wealthiest cities in the Islamic world. Some 700 monuments, including palaces, mosques, mausoleums, madrasas and fountains, testify to this remarkable past.

Since 1979 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Mohamed for the postcard.

tunisia - tunisi

Archaeological Site of Carthage

Carthage was founded in the 9th century B.C. on the Gulf of Tunis. From the 6th century onwards, it developed into a great trading empire covering much of the Mediterranean and was home to a brilliant civilization. In the course of the long Punic wars, Carthage occupied territories belonging to Rome, which finally destroyed its rival in 146 B.C. A second โ€“ Roman โ€“ Carthage was then established on the ruins of the first.

Since 1979 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Ingrid for the postcard.

tunisia - cartagine

Dougga / Thugga

Before the Roman annexation of Numidia, the town of Thugga, built on an elevated site overlooking a fertile plain, was the capital of an important Libyco-Punic state. It flourished under Roman and Byzantine rule, but declined in the Islamic period. The impressive ruins that are visible today give some idea of the resources of a small Roman town on the fringes of the empire.

Since 1997 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Razvan for the postcard.

tunisia - dougga