Ancient relics of Carthage

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Added On September 12, 2018

 Carthage was once the political, economic, commercial, and agricultural center of the Mediterranean.

 
It developed into a great brilliant North African civilization covering much of the Mediterranean.
 
The Carthage archaeological site is considered a Tunisian national monument, and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.
 
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The relics site borders the Mediterranean, and is 15 kilometers away from Tunisia's capital city, Tunis. The ancient city was founded in the 9th century BC, and is famously known as an important symbol of ancient Mediterranean civilization.
 
In 146 BC, Rome defeated Carthage during the Punic wars and destroyed the city. Decades later, the Romans rebuilt the city over the ruins, including palaces, temples, city walls, public baths, arenas, theaters and ports.
 
Therefore, a city combining Roman and Carthaginian characteristics was established, and became the second largest city after Rome.
 
Nowadays, most relics sites from Carthage are those rebuilt by the ancient Romans. The Baths of Antoninus, an important attraction of the Carthage archaeological site, has a reservoir of 60,000 cubic meters and a 30-meter-high hall, recalling its former glory.
 
Among the relics sites, a Roman amphitheatre built of stones is still functioning, and every summer, the Carthage International Art Festival is held here. 
 
Since the archaeological sites were listed as UNESCO World Heritage, the Tunisian government has carried out comprehensive excavation and research on them, promoting local tourism development.