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El Jem, Tunisia

Tunisia's Archaeological Sites

The ruins of Tunisia date from the Megalithic through to the Roman and Byzantine eras. With hundreds of registered archaeological sites, it would be impossible to visit them all in a short trip. Here we highlight four of the most important ones.


The ruins of Carthage are northeast of central Tunis. Most of the sites were either destroyed or incorporated into later Roman sites. The Roman political slogan 'Carthago delenda est' (Carthage must be destroyed) was carried out with ferocity by the invading legionaries.

Antonine Baths, Carthage

Antonine Baths, Carthage

Bulla Regia

Located in the west of Tunisia, Bulla Regia is known for its underground theatre and mosaics. Famed at the time for its loose morality, St Augustine passed through in the 4th century, exhorting its inhabitants to behave in a more decorous manner.

Bulla Regia, Tunisia

Bulla Regia, Tunisia


One of Africa's great Roman cities, Dougga overlooks picturesque rolling countryside and olive tree orchards. The site features a range of ruins, from the monumental Capitol and Libyo-Punic Mausoleum to the more everyday bathhouses and latrines.

The Capitol, Dougga

The Capitol, Dougga

El Jem

The best-preserved amphitheatre of the Roman world, El Jem was the scene of gladiator displays, chariot races and circuses. It towers over the surrounding area and can be seen from miles away when travelling to the site along the Roman roads.

El Jem, Tunisia

El Jem, Tunisia

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