When I travel I always try to visit a site or monument declared by UNESCO World Heritage Site. These visits never disappoint because they admire the wonders of art, architecture, or archeology that are unique and important for the history of peoples’ culture.
Today I show some photos that I took to Carthage in Tunisia.
The archaeological site of Carthage, located a few kilometers from Tunis, has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979 with this motivation :
“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 – Roman – Carthage was then established on the ruins of the first.”
(Source http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/37 )
Carthage, a thriving city of the 6th century BC of the Phoenicians and Punic, had links and trade relations with many peoples of the Mediterranean still witnessed today by several archaeological sites in Sardinia or Sicily. The powerful Rome, after many conflicts, put an end to the life of this city which, in 146 A.C. it was completely destroyed and then rebuilt and became a Roman colony.
The sites of historical and archaeological interest that can be visited in the Carthage area are different: among them the Amphitheater, the Early Christian Museum, the Museum of Carthage, the Tofet of Antonio or the Memorial and American cemetery that recalls 3,724 American soldiers fallen during the second World War. A very suggestive and very exciting site.
Surely Carthage really offers many points of interest.
But all of Tunisia is a place full of historical-archaeological evidence and really deserves to be visited.
All photos are mine.
Thanks for your time