Ruins of Kerkouane
Ruins of Kerkouane
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tikicici2
Florida233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
its one of the less visited places i have ever being. Maybe the most impressive of them all. there are open bath that you can see the primitive mosaics and the bath tubs with the original purple plaster of over 3K years.
Written June 24, 2022
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alfredcollections
Wiltshire2,199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Family
Kerkouane is unique in that it was not over built in the Roman or later period. The site was excivated in the 1950s and still there is at least half to be examined. There you can see houses with simple mosiacs of a black ground with white tessera .In several houses hip baths still exist so too a shower basin.The museum is wonderful full of eary artifacts CLOSED ON MONDAYS
Written November 10, 2012
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Tracy P
Hong Kong, China656 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
Since 250 BC, it had been abandoned and no reconstruction after the Roman conquer. But the ruins are still kept well even up to now. Visitors can freely walk around and enjoy the waves attacking the sea coast nearby. Bear in mind that it’s always windy.
Written December 22, 2019
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Gordon E
Brussels, Belgium463 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Solo
For those interested in Carthage and the Phoenicians, a visit to Kerkouane is a must. Uniquely, this town was not built over after it was taken by the Romans. This means that many aspects of everyday life in a small Punic town can still be seen here. The layout of villas can be seen as can the overall layout of a typical Punic town, with curved streets rather than the straight ones later preferred by the Romans. The location directly by the sea also makes the ruins quite picturesque. If you are looking for monumental building, this is not the site for you, but if the small details of everyday life fascinate you, then you should definitely go.
Written December 30, 2013
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Gunner do
Newcastle, Australia575 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Couples
Kekouane is a UNESCO world heritage site recently "re- discovered" in 1952. This is a Punic site and regarded as the best ruins of it's type in Africa. A small area of a once prosperous town has been excavated and one obvious feature is the number of sunken baths and water cisterns (many coloured) with water channels leading from the houses to the street.. There are kitchen floors with mosaic inlays and one floor in a small room with a very clear mosaic of the Phoenicians goddess Astarte.
This is possibly a 5th Century BC Punic sttlement located on a low plateau overlooking the sea. An outlook that is still very beautiful today. This seaside town is thought to have traded in a salt water mollusc called the murex from which the imperial Tyrian purple dye was processed. This visit can really be enjoyed on a sunny warm day. You can almost see yourself in the picture.
Written April 1, 2013
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mkabell
Brussels, Belgium227 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
The ruins are definitely worth a visit, although explanations and signs could use an upgrade. But use your imagination, walk off the beaten path (of course outside fencing too!) and you will be rewarded with a nice experience.
Written July 23, 2014
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alfredcollections
Wiltshire2,199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011 • Family
Kekouane ruins are of Punis period circa 4th century BC. Not over built by the Romans.There are houses with hip baths still intact also a house with a shoer basin. It is in a lovely setting right on the coast of Cap Bon. Its some time since we visited but this site dont go back far enough. The museum is closed on Mondays. It holds wonderful artifacts from the period plus some Greek ceramics.
Written November 30, 2012
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paulinehhchan
Singapore, Singapore105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
Wonderful huge archeological sites that is a must see. So rich in history. The personnel are still continuing slowly uncovering more of the entire place
Written July 24, 2019
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Jack L
Toronto41 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
From the capital, Tunis, you can take those south bound trains destinated to Sousse or Sfax, and get off at Hammamet. Change to an east bound train to Nabeul. At Nabeul, ask a taxi driving you to the louage hub, which is just beside the bus station. Taxi only costs 3 Tunisian Dinar. The white van departs when fully loaded. I stayed overnight at Nabeul and took taxi to the louage hub early in morning. It happened a van to Kelibia was waiting for a last passenger to get a full load. So I was on the way to kelibia immediately. It appeared the best time to get on a louage quickly is in the morning when more passengers need transportation were gathered. You may have to wait longer to have a louage fully loaded later on the day.

There are actually two louage hubs in Nabeul. The one going to Kelibia is at the east end of the city as described above. The other louage hub near city center is going to Hammamet and Tunis. Make sure you ask taxi drive you to the right one.

The louage dropped passengers at the Kelibia bus station. Cross the small parking ground, you will see a line of taxis. You can then take a taxi to Kerkouane ruin site. The taxi first drove on a main road (highway), then branched to a local road toward the sea. The ruin locates beside seashore. There is no commercial facility around. Make you feel the site is in a quite remote area.

I don't remember the entrance fare now; but I do remember my inmpression that the fare is high to local living standard. Wonder could that be the reason I was the lone visitor. The site was well maintained as it is clean, no debris and no litter. However, while walking around, I had a feeling of missing something. I think the reason was that the site area is not really big. Remain of the lower portion of each housing unit look similar. You see one you see them all. The site is on a flat land; plain and straightforward. Lack of sophistication to stimulate visitors' curiosity. There is a museum. But the disply, in my oponion, is not abundant.

I strolled the site quickly and completed the visit in one hour, because I had to reply on the same taxi to drive me back Kelibia and the meter continued ticking while waiting. There was no other alternative transportation available. At Kelibia, there were direct busses to Tunis.
Written January 7, 2018
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HannahCash
Chicago34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Family
Kerkouane are ruins we literally tripped through because the terrain is rugged. These remains are adjacent to the Mediterranean Sea. It is amazing to see what the buildings were like 1500 years ago. The mortar that held those bricks together must me some special kind because it is still working today.
I was told some of the mosaics had been rescued and are in the Bardo Museum in Tunis.
Written June 9, 2017
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