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We walked to Carthage's military harbour, inward from the commercial harbour. In the distant left was the de-consecrated Cathedral of St Louis [IX]. The world's seemingly smallest museum held replications of the Punic harbour and the later Roman harbour.
A slipway has been reconstructed. Carthage was about half way between Tyre and its Spanish mining interests. Carthage means 'new town'.
We reached the WHS portion of Carthage by 1115. ...
... and promptly bought a jar of the jam for 3 dinar and a bar of prickly pear soap for 2 dinar. The man, his wife and son were very nice and the home made cookies were pretty awesome. Anyway, just as we were about to leave I spotted the most elusive of objects in a Muslim country ... the Christmas ornament. Now as many of my family and friends know, I collect Christmas ornaments and have found one in every country I have ever traveled to. (Yes, I located a silver hand of Fatima in Morocco ...
... was originally an ancient Berber settlement that came under the control of Carthage until the Romans defeated the Carthagenians in 146 BC. Thuburbo Majus then became a very important Roman trading center for the local agricultural products, including olive oil and wheat. At one point in the second century AD the town had over 10,000 residents, but all the changed with the downfall of Rome.
Today, Thuburbo Majus is a bit off the beaten bath and as a result is not overflowing ...
We enter the complex through a forecourt and explore the colonnaded courtyard, the walls of which have maginificent tile decorations.
Our nest stop is the Great Mosque of Kairouan.
Great Mosque of Kairouan
Also known as the Great Mosque of Sidi-Uqba it was established by the Arab general Uqba ibn Nafi in 670 AD at the founding of the city of Kairouan. The mosque occupies a surface area of 9,000 ...
... as we drive back to Port El Kantaoui how in the 9th century astute Phonecians thought that the site they named Hadrumetum, now modern day Sousse, would benefit from being developed as a port, to the modern day astute Tunisians who developed the site of Port El Kantaoui for ...