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Dougga, Teboursouk

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Must see · World heritage site · Ruin · Historic Site
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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. Using our online itinerary creator, Teboursouk attractions like Dougga can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • These Roman ruins were definitely a highlight for our time spent in Tunis. So many areas are so well preserved. There is an amphitheatre that is still in relatively good shape. There are temples... 
    These Roman ruins were definitely a highlight for our time spent in Tunis. So many areas are so well preserved. There is an amphitheatre that is still in relatively good shape. There are temples...  more »
  • Walked from Dar El Medina hotel in Tunis medina to Gare Routiere Nord at Bab Saadoun for a Louage (shared taxi) about 25 mins. Louage to Teboursouk cost 8 TDM per seat each way and took about 75... 
    Walked from Dar El Medina hotel in Tunis medina to Gare Routiere Nord at Bab Saadoun for a Louage (shared taxi) about 25 mins. Louage to Teboursouk cost 8 TDM per seat each way and took about 75...  more »
  • Magnificent Roman Ruins site which is sitting in top of the beautiful green hills in North West of Tunisia. I highly recommend this place to everyone. 
    Magnificent Roman Ruins site which is sitting in top of the beautiful green hills in North West of Tunisia. I highly recommend this place to everyone.  more »
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  • We always recommend our friends and visitors to visit this place because we find quite extraordinary and how intact and clean this site is after 2000 years.
  • Being next to the car park it's a wonderful introduction to the jewel in the crown of Tunisian archaeological sites.
  • Nice Location for photography, peaceful seating. Great construction over huge landscape, but badly damaged.
  • A wonderful day spent walking among the ruins of Dougga. It’s amazing to be able to walk freely and without the crowds so often accompanying these historical sites
  • Roman theaters were a fundamental element of the monumental make-up of a city from the reign of Augustus. The theater, which was built in AD 168 or 169, is one of the best preserved examples in Roman Africa. It could seat 3500 spectators, even though Dougga only had 5000 inhabitants. It was one of a series of imperial buildings constructed over the course of two centuries at Dougga which deviate from the classic "blueprints" only inasmuch as they have been adapted to take account of the local terrain. Some minor adjustments have been made and the local architects had a certain freedom with regard to the ornamentation of the buildings. A dedication engraved into the pediment of the stage and on the portico the dominates the city, recalls the building's commissioner, P. Marcius Quadratus, who "built [it] for his homeland with his own denarii"; the dedication was celebrated with "scenic representations, distributions of life, a festival and athletic games". The theater is still used for performances of classic theater, particularly during the festival of Dougga, and conservation work has been carried out on it. -from Wikipedia

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