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Punic Ports & Museum

Rue 2 de Mars, Carthage, Tunisia
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Ranked #9 of 11 Attractions in Carthage
Type: Ancient Ruins, History Museums, Museums
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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

not a big place but certainly the best museum if your into the history of ports. situated on the central island situated in the circular Carthaginian military harbour the rectangular commercial port is to the east. Excavated by a British archaeolgical team in the 1980's and opened by Queen Elizabeth II the models of the port are more than interesting... More

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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

The place during sunset has nice atmosphere with the view of the sea, the small lake, the mountain (or hill) and colorful boats docked on the bay. We went here after the visit to the tiny Museum nearby. Check the small display of the models of the proposed port inside the port building. It's a nice place to chill and... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

This really does not look like much, as not a lot has been escalated, but once you learn about how this port was a hidden port….it is so fascinating. The "Museum" is only but a tiny room with replicas of what the port used to look like. As I said, not much to see but totally fascinating to understand the... More

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52 reviews 52 reviews
43 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

This is the place where the history of Carthage came to alive the most for me in Tunis. And that is what I love. History coming to flesh. A marine power, because of this port Carthage became so great as it was. The museum is small but very interesting and informative with great miniature-reconstructions about the port in Punic and... More

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Toronto, Canada
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21 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

We visited Punic Ports & Museum after Ruins of Carthage the Museum was very nice, interesting artifacts and well mentained. Fascinating history as well.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

If you dont´care too much about history, this place will look like a small lake or harbour in the middle of an uninteresting neighborhood. If ´Carthage´ and ´punic wars´ don´t mean much to you, don´t even bother going there. BUT if you ever dreamed of visiting what remained of the great Carthage... well, this was the hearth of the port,... More

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Washington DC
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19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

The museum is very run-down ... but the guides are nice. The Punic ports and Museum are in separate areas - so you need to take a taxi from place to place - and spend 9 dinars to see all three. They should charge a bit more and spend the money fixing it. Or UNESCO should help out.

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London, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
20 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

This is a very small and under-visited attraction. It consists of 2 lakes, one semi-circular, the other rectangular. These used to be the naval and commercial harbours of ancient Carthage. We spent most of our time on the island in the middle of the semi-circular lake. You actually need a global ticket to get in (something which lets you into... More

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Sydney, Australia
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2010

This site is very small, but as the ports were a key reason for Carthage's prosperity, we had to visit them. The unusual key shape made by the two ports could be seen from Byrsa Hill, but was less obvious on the ground. Fortunately, in the little on-site museum, there were two great maquettes showing how the ports looked in... More

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