City of Beautiful Historic Sites and Ancient Ruins
The ancient city of Carthage was once the capital of the Roman province of Africa, and is today one of Tunisia's most attractive tourist destinations. The beautiful St. Louis Cathedral shown here on this Worldwide Gifts magnetic photo is one of the area's notable historical attractions. And although this magnificent church is more than one hundred years old, it is not the oldest of the incredible historic sites and landmarks of the city. Carthage is just about 15 kilometers north of Tunis, the capital city, and is most famous for the incredible remains of the centuries' old Roman city that once occupied this spot.
The ruins of Carthage are a UNESCO World Heritage site, and in the years around 200 BC were a bustling city home to half a million people. There are many prominent archeological sites and digs in this locale, and most of it can be seen from the top of Byrsa Hill, which provides a view of the ocean gulf and the Roman ruins.
Sites and Attractions of Carthage
The Roman Theater is the most popular of the ancient attractions in Carthage, still largely intact and maintaining fantastic views of the Mediterranean surroundings. The amphitheater is still in use for outdoor musical and theatrical performances. The Carthage Hill Museum on the complex is a fascinating place to spend some time, with artifacts that are more than two thousand years old, and the nearby Antonine Baths are equally fascinating. Visitors also enjoy walking past the President's seaside palace and seeing the Basilica of Saint Cyprian.
Tucked in amongst the amazing ruins of Carthage along the turquoise Mediterranean shores are beautiful homes of some of the wealthy and affluent citizens of Tunisia, including the President.