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Museum Dar Essid

Museum Dar Essid (65 rue du Remparts Nord, Sousse) — this fascinating museum is located in a beautiful home that adjoins the walls of Sousse’s medina. A small, private museum, its collections include costumes, jewelry and everyday items. The decor has been recreated in the style of a well-to-do Arab household from the 19th century […]

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Medina of Sousse

Medina of Sousse (Rue de L’église, Sousse) – located 1 ½ hours (148km via car) south of Tunis, this is one of the finest and best conserved buildings of the series of “fortress-monasteries” that dotted the North African coastline to serve both as defenses against assailants come from overseas and as a place for spiritual […]

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Kasbah of Hammamet

Kasbah of Hammamet (Avenue de la Republique, Hammamet) — the Kasbah of Hammamet is certainly best enjoyed from the outside, where it watches over the ocean and the beach. Even walking along its base in the medina is enjoyable, but inside there is sadly little to intrigue a visitor. The Kasbah dates back to the […]

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Forte El Ribat

Forte El Ribat (Monastir) – located 2 hours south of Tunis (at the coastal town of Monastir), this is the oldest and most important defensive work to have been built along the North African coastline by the Arab conquerors in the early days of Islam. A spiral stair of about a hundred steps leads to […]

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Ez-Zituna Mosque

Ez-Zituna Mosque (Rue Jamaa Ezzitouna, Tunis) — the mosque is at the heart of the city of Tunis, the core around which the city such as we know it today has developed. It is said that originally the site was occupied by the retreat of a Christian monk and that nearby there was an olive […]

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El Djem Amphitheater

El Djem Amphitheater (El Djem/Thysdrus) – located 2 hours (via car) south of Tunis, this beautiful Roman structure was built by proconsul Gordian in the 3rd century AD in the ancient city of Thysdrus – one of the main Roman cities in Berber Africa. It was constructed to hold 35,000 spectators, and mainly used for […]

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Dougga

Dougga (Route du Kef, GP5 Teboursouk, Dougga) — the archaeological site of Thugga/Dougga is located in the North-west region of Tunisia (1 ½ hours west of Tunis via car), perched on the summit of a hill at an altitude of 571 m, dominating the fertile valley of Oued Khalled. Before the Roman annexation of (the […]

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Cathedral of St. Vincent de Paul

Cathedral of St. Vincent de Paul (Avenue Habib Bourguiba, Tunis) — this Roman Catholic cathedral was named in honor of Saint Vincent de Paul, a priest sold into slavery in Tunis, who after being freed took an interest in helping Christian slaves in the area. The church was built in 1882 in a mixture of […]

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Carthage National Museum

Carthage National Museum (Colline de Byrsa, Carthage) — housed at the turn of the last century on the ground floor of a one-time Catholic religious school, adjacent to the Saint-Louis basilica built at the end of the XIXth century on the site of the Carthage acropolis, this museum contains the largest collection of objects from […]

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Carthage Aqueduct

Carthage Aqueduct (Carthage area) — a.k.a. Zaghouan Aqueduct, this was built during the Roman era (either during the rule of Emperor Hadrian or by 162 AD — when the baths of Antonius in Carthage was opened). The water that ran through this aqueduct was sourced from the Djebel Zaghouan, a mountain range about 60 km south […]