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Dougga

Tunisia
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Type: Ancient Ruins
Description: Remarkable Roman site of a once prosperous town with the capitol, theater and a Punic mausoleum.
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Yellowknife, NWT
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150 reviews 150 reviews
62 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Our tour guide insisted that we make the drive from Tunis to Dougga. We are so glad that he did. This site, which is only 30% uncovered, has remnants of a Berber City, which the Romans built on, and which were then developed by other subsequent inhabitants. We had recently visited Pompeii, and this site rivals that. Warning - you... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Other than El Jem, Dougga is the must see Punic and Roman ruins \ archaeological site in Tunisia. Not only is the site fascinating, but the region surrounding it is beautiful with its agriculture fields and terrain features. I visited in the middle of October and it was hot. Summer would be much hotter. They have a small cantine that... More

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New York City, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

It is simply beautiful and special. I was there in October 2014 and there were not many tourists around. I had the site almost for myself and spent hours there photographing. The views from the site are also beautiful. It is worth the long road trip from Tunis. Don't miss it. By the way, Tunisia was an amazing surprise for... More

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Denver, Colorado
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The drive from Tunis is long but it is very interesting. If you are not into classics and ancient stone villages stay way. If you are into cool ancient architecture it is really worth a look.

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Lier & Antwerp (Belgium)
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

If you ever visit Tunisia do make the effort to take the few hours drive from Tunis to the site. It is very much worth it. A lot more interesting then the few remains of Carthage. Do visit Carthage for the recovered mosaics in the museum.

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newcastle upon tyne
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38 reviews 38 reviews
4 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Stunning setting, with some well preserved buildings. The temple is amazing. We were originally going to get a taxi for the day from Hammamet but decided to be lazy and went on the Thomas Cook trip instead. It was probably for the best as the guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. We could have managed with a good guide book... More

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Pontypridd, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

There was so much more to see here than I had expected. The amphitheatre is really well presserved and the view from the top is breathtaking. The latrines and still in place! The layout of the old houses is really easy to see. There's almost too much to see as I couldn't take everything in. We had a guide on... More

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Pisa, Italy
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74 reviews 74 reviews
9 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This is one of the most impressive sites in the world! Despite the well-preserved archaeological city and the recognition as Unesco site, the Roman city deserves an improvement of the touristic services: the book shop was closed, there were no audio guides nor archaeological plans around. It is very difficult to understand monuments and transformation of the city without any... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

On a visit we had only two hours and it is not enough. To get to know the city and its sights is needed about four hours. Lots preserved Roman structures that are found nowhere else. Amazing views of the monuments that have survived almost 2000 years. I recommend to visit the local dolmens, which are much older. The area... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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177 reviews 177 reviews
28 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

The Roman ruins of Dougga are on the UNESCO World Heritage List for a reason: this is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding examples of Roman architecture worldwide. Although Dougga is somewhat off the beaten path, and perhaps nowadays somewhat a somewhat "adventurous" proposition (it's a few miles from the Algerian border and in the restive El Kef Governorate), it's... More

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