2 April 2013

Dougga / Thugga

Dougga / Thugga is an ancient Roman city in northern Tunisia, included in a 65 hectare archaeological site.  UNESCO qualified Dougga as a World Heritage Site in 1997, believing that it represents “the best-preserved Roman small town in North Africa”. The site, which lies in the middle of the countryside, has been protected from the encroachment of modern urbanisation.  The archaeological site is located 4.6 kilometres SSW of the modern town of Téboursouk, on a plateau with an uninhibited view of the surrounding plains in the Oued Khalled.
On the day we visited Dougga, we only saw two or three tourists at most however, it was encouraging to see coach full of Tunisian school children evidently there on a school outing and appreciating the diverse history of their country.

Looking towards the capitol

The front of the capitol

Temple of Juno Caelestis

Alexander Severus’s arch

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