Sbeitla

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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia10,062 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The Roman ruins of Sufetula are truly remarkable ! The site is a combination of first Roman and then Byzantine remains. There are a number of outstanding structures : the triumphal arch, the gate of Antoninus, theater and fountains. But the total highlight has to be the Capitoline Hill with the best preserved Roman forum temples in Tunisia, dedicated to Jupiter, Juno and Minerva.
It is a privilege to be able to walk the streets and visit this historic site.
Written May 22, 2024
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Tara M
Portland, OR41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Beautiful archaeological site, but sadly, there is so much garbage/plastic everywhere. I am sure most of it blows in from the town, so it is difficult to control. We cleaned up several areas so we could take photos without all the blue, purple and yellow plastic bag "flowers". That said, I would still recommend visiting. Entry fee and opening hours as of May 30, 2024 attached.
Written May 30, 2024
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Tracy P
Hong Kong, China656 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
The old town was built since 1st century AD, now is an archeological park. Visitors can walk around and touch the stone or artifact freely, a good place to understand the Roman architectural buildings in North Africa.
Written December 18, 2019
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Marcio A
Lisbon, Portugal68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Couples
Sbleita is impressive. All the way from Le Kef to Sbleita you´ll find a series of roman ruins, scattered in the Tunisian countryside. Sbleita was the biggest town. It´s hard to imagine what was this city, with temples, bridges, large baths, doing in the middle of nowhere. Yet, it is there. It was a surprise to me. There is not too much left, but the temples are well preserved and while walking around you can feel how wealthy this city was. It contrasts with the sorroundings. For the adventurous people or lovers of roman antiques, this will be an interesting experience. The only problem is roads are not very good in this region and there are no good hotels around. If you´re staying in Sousse, I supposed you could visit by car on a day trip. From Tunis or Hammamet, it´s too far. I drove all the way from Tunis, visited Sbeitla and slept in Tozeur, but this was far too exhausting. I suppose the best thing to do is to include Sbeitla on a car trip from Sousse to Tozeur (or vice-versa). Anyway, it´s worth the visit.
Written May 12, 2012
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alfredcollections
Wiltshire2,199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Travel to Sbeitla is included in some of the two day trips via your hotel. But to see it at its best the hire a car with driver. The city is extensive with a large forum with the temples of Jupiter Juno and Minerva. There is a mosiac covered batisum bath plus another with fish deoration. There is another bath againh with fish decoration to the left of the path as you come into the site towards the main areas.There is a large cistern to serve the main bath complex and the towns water supply.A restored theatre. There is a small arena to the north of the city but it has not been opened to my knowlege.
There are a number of shops and a couple of cafes near to the site.
Written June 2, 2009
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evelien107666
Maastricht, The Netherlands16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018
The best preserved Roman forum in Tunesia! Should be visited by far more people! One can easily walk there for hours, so many things to be seen.
Written October 28, 2018
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farfalla151
London, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
This is an amazing archaeological site in rural Tunisia. It is 1 hour 20 min drive from Kairouan. The site is empty as not many people visit it. The area is quiet although it is very close to troublesome zones: Mount Mghila and Chaambi Mountains.
Written October 12, 2018
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sadeeyor
Glasgow, United Kingdom843 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Solo
This triumvirate of forum temples: the shell of Juno, rustic Jupiter, Minerva so lovely in body & mind. They form a lasting image of Roman architecture in Africa in semi-ruinous/quite preserved harmony maybe more than any other.

Walking from the gate they are in view from the mini-medina-like Byzantine forts (view from the top of a wee wall scramble), the ingenious olive press, the playful swishy-fishy bath mosaics, drawing you along the road towards them. Antonine's Gate briefly blocks the view, then announces them, framed by the arch. A soulful sight.

There are a few quite interesting side shows, such as the snaggletooth four chimney-stacky things of St Servus, the theatre over a dusty decidedly unwet oued/wadi; and back nearer town, a quite impressive Diocletian Arch. Olive press & fish mosaics more worth a closer gander though.

Yet it's Minerva shackled to the Jovian couple that resides in the mind long after for me. Ecco Romani.

If coming from Kasserine by louage, you'll pick out some obvious Roman stuff for some distance along the road on the left. Alert the chauffeur and alight anywhere here and the ticket office won't be far. Avoid going all the way to the louage gare to avoid having 2k to backtrack.

Only time in Tunisia I've been challenged by police presence around an archaeosite. Not heavy, but repeated probing questions from officials as to where I was last night & where I intend to spend tonight. Seemed a tad OTT given the laidback feel of the place. What did it matter if I slept in my sleeping-bag just outside of town, or looked for a louage au direction Kairouan? Sbeitla/Sufetula is a lovely poorly publicised Roman site. If terrorising, I've badly miscalculated my GPS. Ach, they were good-humoured folks after a bit; just need more hippy backpackers and other offbeat tourists to come along again.

Oh, and there's a bar upstairs from reception for a beer, albeit a bit overpriced for what it was; but a cold Celtia after rubble-rousing is sweet.
Written November 16, 2016
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Keith H
Crete, Greece137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
This was another site that I visited in the early 1970s when I was hitching across North Africa. I returned last year with my wife as independent travelers, hiring a car. We stayed in a good local hotel and in the morning we had to rouse the site guardians out of bed. This is another massive Roman site that is rarely visited. If you visit Tunisia this is a must. One of the best Roman sites in North Africa.
Written May 28, 2014
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FionaandJames
Las Vegas, NV96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Couples
An impressive Roman ruin which is already large in size but not fully excavated.
It took a couple of hours to fully explore the site and I would recommend a guide to understand and experience life back in 2nd Century.
Whilst there are some photos on the internet showing the ruins, they are deceiving as there is so much more to the site than shown.
We stayed in Kairouan overnight and it was an easy 1 hour drive to Sbleita. Definitely worth the effort to head into rural Tunisia.
Written January 14, 2014
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