Carthage Ruins Walking Tour (Self Guided), Tunis

Carthage is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a unique place of archaeological and cultural value. It houses ruins of great buildings, theaters, villas, baths, houses and columns from the great Punic and Roman empires. Take the following tour to discover ancient Carthage!
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Carthage Ruins Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Carthage Ruins Walking Tour
Guide Location: Tunisia » Tunis (See other walking tours in Tunis)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Tophet de Carthage
  • Punic Port
  • Colline de Byrsa (Byrsa Hill)
  • Acropolium de Carthage
  • Carthage Amphitheatre
  • Thermes d'Antonin
  • Site of Carthage
Tophet de Carthage

1) Tophet de Carthage

The Tophet de Carthage, also called Tophet Salammbo, is an ancient sacred area dedicated to the Phoenician gods Tanit and Baal, located in the Carthage Salammbo, near the Punic ports. The Tophet contains many graves of children who, according to the interpretations, had been killed or buried in place after their untimely death.
Punic Port

2) Punic Port

The Punic port is another great place worth visiting to learn about the reality of ancient Carthage. It was a point of trade on the Mediterranean Sea and brought wealth to the city. The Punic port consists of a 100 meter wide circular canal with a 130 meter in diameter inner portion that was used as a quay and for ship repairs. Only some remains show, but when it was used it could hold as many as 220 slim ships at one time.
Colline de Byrsa (Byrsa Hill)

3) Colline de Byrsa (Byrsa Hill)

The Punic city of Carthage was first founded on Colline de Byrsa, or Byrsa Hill. The hill offers an opportunity to enjoy an amazing view of the Tunis Gulf and the town that will make you feel as though you are back in ancient times!
Acropolium de Carthage

4) Acropolium de Carthage (must see)

The Acropolium is a large monument done in the Moorish-Byzantine style that sits on the peak of Byrsa Hill, near the ruins of the ancient Punic and then Roman city. It was built atop the ruins of an old temple dedicated to Eshmun, the Punic god of healing. The edifice can still be accessed from the basement.

This cathedral has been known as the "Acropolium" since 1993. It is no longer used for worship but instead hosts public events or concerts of Tunisian music and classical music. Different cultural events take place here, such as the October Musical Festival, various concerts including jazz, as well as rotating exhibits.

Why You Should Visit:
Even if you don't go inside, the external views are beautiful and an amazing contrast to the older structures & ruins of the nearby Musée National de Carthage.
The place allows you to see all of the Tunis-Carthage landscape and is at the crossroad of all of Tunisia's history, having condensed a little of each period.

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
Carthage Amphitheatre

5) Carthage Amphitheatre

The Carthage Amphitheatre was a Roman amphitheatre constructed in the first century CE in the city of Carthage, Tunisia. It was rebuilt by Dictator Julius Caesar and earned the admiration of travelers, especially during the Middle Ages. Since the monument has been raided by looters, the original stone and metal have been leveled to the ground. Thus, only the arena remained open at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, in the middle of a grove of pine trees. The wall has been restored as well. The amphitheatre is still used in summer for festivals.

The Antique Theater of Carthage is another archaeologically valuable site. It is a huge ancient Roman amphitheater made of stone. Choose a place to sit and imagine how ancient people enjoyed various shows and performances!
Thermes d'Antonin

6) Thermes d'Antonin (must see)

The Thermes d'Antonin or Baths of Antoninus are located on the southeast portion of the archaeological site of Carthage, on the seaside, near the presidential Carthage Palace. These glorious 2nd century ruins of the basements of the baths were excavated for the first time in 1944. The excavations have concluded by the creation of an archaeological park for the monument. Admire these ancient ruins, including a Phoenician necropolis and the remains of the granite columns that once supported the ceiling.

Why You Should Visit:
The ruins themselves and the views over the bay and to the mountains are really beautiful; the sense of time and space is quite incredible.

If you have some knowledge of Carthage, then visiting independently would be fine but if not, consider getting a tour as there isn't much information around the ruins.
Site of Carthage

7) Site of Carthage

Carthage was founded on the Gulf of Tunis. Since the 6th century it developed into a large trading empire and became home to the great civilization. Visit this site and learn more about its history.

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