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Dougga, Tunisia

While some might argue that Tunisia does not possess a stunning draw such as the Pyramids of Giza or the ancient city of Petra, there is little doubt that Dougga is the pinnacle of the Roman presence in Tunisia, and looks out majestically over the hills.

What perhaps makes it so aesthetically pleasing is its geography — perched on high, it is a picture of verdancy and her stone columns stand proudly against the green countryside.

Dougga's history

It occupies an unusual position for a Roman town because its origins date back well before the Romans — in fact, it was a Numidian stronghold, and enjoyed great prosperity through Masinissa, its ruler.

Masinissa allied himself to the Romans rather than the Carthaginians, and the town, and its probable 10,000 residents, thereafter found great favor.

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