Acropolium of Carthage, Tunis

Acropolium of Carthage, Tunis

The Acropolium of Carthage is a Roman Catholic church in Carthage. The cathedral rests on Byrsa Hill among the ruins of Carthage. It was constructed in 1890 when it was known as Cathedrale Saint-Louis de Carthage, or Saint Louis Cathedral.

The cathedral was built on the ruins of a temple dedicated to Eshmun, the Punic god of healing. It was dedicated to Saint Louis due to that being the spot where he was killed during the Eighth Crusade.

The building was designed by French architect Abbot Pougnet. He used Byzantine, Gothic and Moorish architectural styles to create a unique place of worship. It has two square towers, two cupolas and a series of spires. The building is laid out in the shape of a Latin cross.

The Acropolium of Carthage has not been used as a place of worship since 1993. It is now a venue for public events and concerts. It is also a popular tourist attraction. Those who glimpse inside the Acropolium will find numerous artifacts and mosaics that date to the late 19th century.

Tip:
You can take the stairs to get to the 2nd level, but there's no access to the roof/bell towers.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 8am-6pm; Sun: 8am-4pm

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Acropolium of Carthage on Map

Sight Name: Acropolium of Carthage
Sight Location: Tunis, Tunisia (See walking tours in Tunis)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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