Thuburbo Majus Uthina and Zaghouan Roman sites Tour From Tunis or Hammamet

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Along the way, archeology enthusiasts will appreciate the aqueduct and the site of Oudna, a Punic city that has become Roman. The villa called 'Laberii' with its thirty rooms on 2,300 m² deserves a special visit for its mosaics, a well-preserved archaeological site includes an astonishing amphitheater which could once accommodate 20,000 spectators. Then, we will visit the Andalusian medina of Zaghouan, to finish with Thuburbo Majus, an ancient Roman city that experienced a decline in the middle of the 3rd century before a brilliant renaissance in the 4th century, which led it to proclaim itself Respublica Felix Thuburbo Majus.

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Stop At: Uthina (Oudhna)

The ancient city of Uthina is located about 30 km south of the capital, at the place known as Oudhna, at the summit of an eminence which dominates the main access routes to Carthage coming from the south and the West of the country. Its foundation seems to date back to the Berber era as evidenced by its toponymy. As history fluctuated, it was punished and then romanized, before the two brief vandal and Byzantine guardianships - nearly a century each prelude to a definitive decline after the Arab conquest in the 7th century. The backed-up site extends over a hundred hectares. It is 'capitonée' of imposing buildings going back to the Roman time and currently in the course of clearing and consolidation. These are the capitol, the largest in Africa, arranged on three levels; Two groups of very high capacity tanks; Large public baths and small private baths; The remains of patrician residences, an amphitheater with an initial capacity of more than 10,000 spectators.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: L'aqueduc de Zaghouan

It's a Roman aqueduct, which supplied the city of Carthage with water, measured 132 km! The Zaghouan-Carthage hydraulic complex is the largest of its kind ever built. Built at the beginning of the 2nd century AD, the Zaghouan aqueduct testifies to the Romans' mastery of water supply techniques. It crosses a rugged landscape. Sometimes flush with the ground, sometimes underground, the pipeline is, on two portions, raised by arcades sometimes reaching more than 20 meters in height. Its flow has been estimated at around thirty million liters per day. Most of the water was stored in the gigantic vaulted reservoirs visible at Maalga, at the entrance to Carthage, before supplying the Baths of Antonine.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Zaghouan

Zaghouan is a city in the northeast, the capital of the governorate of the same name, located 50 km from Tunis. Established on the slope of Djebel Zaghouan, it overlooks a vast agricultural plain At the site of ancient Ziqua, of which only a triumphal door remains, Zaghouan is a town with steep streets cut off by small squares offering views of the plain. The city, which has about 16,000 inhabitants, is known for its roses, especially the rose hips, which were cultivated by Andalusian Muslims driven from Spain in the 17th century during the Reconquista. A region renowned for its sources (elders), Zaghouan, attracts both Tunisians and tourists from the Arab world for its hammams.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Thuburbo Majus

The ancient city of Thuburbo Majus was founded on the side of a hill, surrounded by a splendid fertile valley landscape, long before North Africa became part of the Roman Empire. However, it is its magnificent remains from the Roman era that make it one of the most beautiful archaeological sites in Tunisia. Its Capitol - the most important temple in Roman cities - is one of the best preserved in Tunisia. Six elegant Corinthian columns formed the facade. Four are still intact and overlook a wide staircase overlooking the Forum. One of the original features of Thuburbo Majus was that it had two bathing establishments: one for winter and the other for summer. The summer thermal baths were completed by a sports field, surrounded by a beautiful covered gallery, called Palestre des Petronii after the Roman family who had built the monument. Another peculiarity of the site is that it has preserved vestiges reminiscent of its pre-Roman past as “temple of Caelestis” or the “temple of Baalat”.

Duration: 1 hour
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