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Pupput

Pupput

Pupput

Pupput (Hammamet area) — Pupput is an ancient city lying about three kilometers north-west of the medina of Hammamet. Today it is submerged by the tourist zone built over the major part of the archaeological site. It was probably a satellite town of its neighbor Neapolis. Pupput seems to have gained some importance during the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD when it spread considerably and acquired a great many public monuments.

During the Middle Ages, the city was defended by a Byzantine citadel. After the Arab conquest, the city took the name of Qasr Zaid before being ravaged in 1303 by Catalan pirates. This signaled the end of the city over whose ruins the charcoal burners from neighboring Hammamet came to settle. “Salvage excavations” carried out by archaeologists after chance discoveries made during terracing work revealed a part of a necropolis and a large residential quarter including houses, baths and waterworks. Funerary furnishings and architectural decorative elements were excavated, in particular mosaic pavements that revealed a refined lifestyle. Admission: 5 Dt. Hours: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm (9/16 – 6/16), 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (7/18 – 9/15), 9:30 am – 4:30 pm (6/17 – 7/17).