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  • Location:Tunisia
  • Best Time to Visit: October to March
  • How to reach: The city is located at a distance of around 15 kms from the capital city of Tunis. Rod transport is well developed and buses, cars and four wheelers ply between the cities. The Tunis-Carthage Airport is the main airport in the area
  • Nearest International Airport:The Tunis-Carthage Airport
  • Time required for sightseeing:2-3 days
This is the place from where Hannibal started his expedition towards Rome, attempting to shake the proud Roman Empire down to its very foundations. This is Carthage, celebrated in history, myths, legends, arts and literature, and now a major tourist site in Africa. A visit to this destination is bound to be an unforgettable experience.

Carthage is an ancient city located in Tunisia and was the seat of the Phoenician and Carthaginian civilization. The civilization was founded around the period of 814 BC by Queen Dido. The civilization of Carthage gradually developed into one of the most powerful centers in the Mediterranean region. The port of Salammbo became one of the strategic ports in the region. For a period of around 1000 years, the Phoenicians ruled the Mediterranean Sea and were in possession of around 200 war ships. After the Phoenician civilization, the city went under the rule of the Romans and remained an important city and a strategic hub.

A trip in the historic city of Carthage will provide you a deep insight into the prosperous civilization that once existed here. The city is full of ancient monuments, Punic statues, theaters and lots more. Walking through the lanes and by-lanes is like walking through an open museum. The ancient port of Salammbo is also a must see attraction as you can witness a number of ancient relics which have been conserved. The temple of Goddess Tanit is located next to the port. This place was the chief funeral spot for the Phoenicians and lots of royal cremations used to take place.

In the ancient days, Carthage was surrounded by a wall which stretched up to a length of 23 miles. You can still find some of the remains of these walls near the port. Some of the other notable points of interest that you can se in the city are:

Amphitheater: One of the prominent ancient cites in Carthage, the amphitheater provides a deep insight into the rich culture and heritage of the Phoenician and the Roman civilizations. The amphitheater was used for a wide range of cultural, sporting and other forms of social events.

Cathedral of St-Louis: This church was built in the year 1890 and is a renowned religious site for the Christians. It was built according to the Byzantine style and was dedicated to St Louis of France.

National Archeological Museum: By making trips to the museum, you can experience the rich heritage of ancient Carthage by witnessing the historical relics and artifacts. The museum consists of numerous archaeological specimens which offer a deep insight into the Phoenician and the Roman civilizations.

In addition to these, Carthage in Tunisia is also home to more tourist attractions like Archeological Park, Byrsa Hill, Baths of Gargilius, Oceanographic Museum, Punic Harbor, Roman Villas, Roman and Early Christian Museum and so on.

The ideal time for coming to Carthage is between the months of October and March. The weather in this part of the year is pleasant. Carthage is easily accessible through a number of routes. The city is located at a distance of around 15 kms from the capital city of Tunis. Rod transport is well developed and buses, cars and four wheelers ply between the cities. The Tunis-Carthage Airport is the main airport in the area. Accommodation is also easily available in the area.

Related Links :

http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-city/Tunisia/Carthage/tpod.html: To read first hand travel experiences to Carthage, click on this link!

http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=UOM18Wl0QKU: To view the magnificent remains of the Phoenician civilization and thriving social life of ancient Carthage, along with a very informative narrative, watch this video!

http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=zO29bMz_NmQ&feature=related: From a complete overview of the history of Carthage, watch this presentation!

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