Dougga - World Heritage site

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Dougga, Tunisia

Dougga - World Heritage site Reviews

RobertPenna RobertPe…
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Ruins at Dougga Sep 09, 2010
The Roman ruins at Dougga are a must see if you are visiting Tunisia. The central temple is really well preserved and worth the trip. The site is large with well preserved houses, shops and official buildings.
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tj1777 tj1777
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Ancient city of Dougga Dec 30, 2009
The ancient city of Dougga is one of the best preserved minor Roman era cities still in existence in northern Africa. The main part of the city with the biggest monuments is all roman but there are also remains of the Phoenicians who used to rule the area before they got defeated in the Punic wars.

The city is not nearly as well known as the much more famous city of Carthage or El Jem which attracts hordes of tourist every day. Dougga on the other hand only get a minor trickle of tourist which will be well spread out across the fairly big area the old city actually covers. The locals still seem to claim the ancient site as part of their agricultural land even though it is now a World Heritage Site. Hence don't be surprised if you see a boy going by on his donkey carrying water from a nearby water source or a donkey tied down on top of a hill looking out across the ruins. It is just part of the local folklore.

The area is one of the more interesting Roman sites in the Mediterranean area and the small amount of visitors give it a special feel compared to the more busy places you'll find elsewhere.

The monuments are a bit smaller than elsewhere because of the small size of the original city. But there are a pretty big theatre which is fairly well preserved to this day and will be the first thing you encounter if you enter by the main entrance (there are another entrance but I never found it).

Other interesting monuments are the capitol and the bath which are both pretty well preserved. A less well preserved monument is the Dar Lacheb where you won't find much - but the door frame gives an interesting photo opportunity with the capitol inside the doorframe.

The rest of the sight you can pretty much wonder around for as long as you feel like or for as long as you have to explore it.
The theatre
The seats of the theatre
The capitol
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sarahsan says:
Dougga looks great! I´m going there in March! Can´t wait!
Posted on: Jan 18, 2010

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