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Dougga, Beja Governorate

Must see · World heritage site · Ruin · Tourist Spot
Ramble through the deserted, cobblestoned streets of Dougga, the best-preserved Roman town in North Africa and a World Heritage Site. Perched on a rocky hilltop above fertile plains, this archeological site features not only an ancient Roman capitol with a large theater, but also the remains of earlier structures, including a Punic-Libyan mausoleum. The small town prospered under Roman and Byzantine rules, during which its wealthy residents built 20 temples, misleading scholars to believe that this was a major religious site. Notice the intricate floor mosaics and look for the remains of Roman baths, a circus, and two triumphal arches. PutDougga into our Beja Governorate trip maker app and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Very beautiful roman era town. Theatre (very well preserved), temples (good example of african roman construction), streets (remarkable craftmanship still apparemt), houses, cisterns in a stunning...  more »
  • Dougga, Roman ruins in Tunisia. I was impressed with Ezied when he guided me around Carthage and decided to engage him once again on the tour of Dougga. We departed at 9:00 am and the road was in...  more »
  • This is an absolutely incredible site to visit. The extent of the town/city is amazing - and yet there is clearly more to be uncovered. The baths, the temples, the villas, the latrines (yes, even the....  more »
  • Don’t even hesitate - find a tour operator who will take you out here and book! This is a remarkable site with some of the best preserved Roman architecture in North Africa. It is really impressive and overwhelming - the forum, the baths or even the amphitheater- the site is extensive and amazing
  • Fantastic Roman ruins. Very peaceful and well worth the visit
  • Ancient Rome retains the most complete site in Tunisia, great!
  • One of the best sights to visist in Tunisia. Huge space where you can travel into the ancient times and visit the Tunisia glorious history.
  • Incredible ruined Roman city. Mosaics, statues, a temple, a brothel, a bath house, a theater... all incredible sights. There were only four tourists (myself included) in the whole place when I was there. I’d recommend taking a little walk around by yourself to marvel in solitude at the mystery of the place place for a bit, then grab a guide and take a look around. Be sure to negotiate the price in advance, because he will try to gouge you if you leave the price discussion to the end! There are restrooms and a little shop to buy cold water at the top. If you want to do something nice, spend a couple dinar to buy an extra big cold water for the guide. He won’t buy it for himself, but he will really appreciate it in the desert heat.

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