A few years ago, I spent a week in Tunisia on a spa holiday. The hotel I stayed in was wonderful and also offered a choice of half-day trips. I decided that a guided tour of the ancient town of Carthage would be perfect, as I have always loved history. I was not disappointed.

The ruins of the archeological site of Carthage
The ruins of Carthage are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and they have been well protected and maintained as a result. The remains of not only of the houses, but also of the forum, theatre, bath and temples could still clearly be seen. I was especially moved by the Tophet burial grounds, which contains urns holding the cremated remains of thousand of babies. There is an on-going debate about whether or not the Carthaginians practiced child sacrifice, with new research tending to prove that this was not the case.

Carthage - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Founded in the 9th century B.C. by Queen Dido, who had fled Phoenicia due to power struggles with her brother Pygmalion, Carthage first developed its strength through the ship building skills of its inhabitants. The city fought several wars against the Greeks and the Romans over the centuries to retain and extend its control over sought-after territories. Carthage had the status of a very important harbour city until it was taken by the Arabs in 637 and destroyed, never to regain the same splendour.

Carthage - UNESCO Archeological Site
These photos were taken with my old camera and do not really do justice to this fantastic archaeological site. I also remember how erudite our guide was, listening to him was quite fascinating.

Carthage - UNESCO Historical Site
Have you been to Carthage too? If yes, what were your impressions?





23 thoughts on “The UNESCO World Heritage Site Of Carthage”

  1. Oh Wow! This took me back. Trying to work out how many years ago I went to Carthage – over 20 years I’m thinking. Loved it there, but then I love ancient history anyway so this was right up my street. I remember it being a wonderful place to explore.

    1. Glad to read you love ancient history too, always found it fascinating.
      Would love to go back there. xx

  2. Looks like a fantastic place to explore. I have been to Tunisia but didn’t visit these ruins. I missed out! I love visiting places like this, I find the history behind them fascinating 🙂 xx

  3. Oh wow what an incredible place to visit, I’d absolutely love to go there. So much history too and you can see it’s beautiful from the photos. Amazing stuff. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatsthestory

  4. I haven’t been to Tunisia but would definitely want to visit Cathage if (when! One day…) I go… Am sure it’s on Mr B’s list too, we love learning about the history of places. Been too long since we had a holiday like this though! Thanks for sharing your experience and photos.

  5. We didn’t go to Carthage but did get to Al Jem, also a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was an incredible trip; I think it was two days in a coach across the desert, staying at an oasis, and a ride on a camel too.

    1. Wow, that sounds amazing! I did a desert day trip, stay in an oasis and camel ride during another holiday in Tunisia but did not go to Al Jem. A reason to go back… 😉 xx

    1. It is an incredibly atmospheric place, charged with so much history… The photos do not do it justice. xx

  6. A good guide can make a huge difference in how you experience a place, can’t it?

    I know it’s strange, but some times I feel a strange mixture of fascination and anxiety in a place that is so ancient, with so much history. I think it’s because I’m not entirely comfortable with my own mortality and it makes me think too much of it.

    1. I totally agree. And I do not find what you describe strange. In a place where so much happened I think it is bound to happen. xx

  7. I was very young when I went to Carthage, maybe about 10 and I was so unappreciative of what I was looking at, to me then it was just a bunch of destroyed buildings. Now, of course I would love it, I do love the whole history of Carthage and this has made me want to return to see it again and appreciate it this time. x

    1. I hope you will go back and appreciate it! I went to Rome as a teenager and I did appreciate it – I loved history from a very young age! – but I would still love to go back again. I do not quite know why this has not happened yet! xx

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