Carthage was a Phoenician city state and the center of an empire that controlled a good part of the Mediterrenean before it was defeated in a series of wars by the Roman Republic (Punic wars - 264-146BC). It was a prosperous civilization but few artifacts have been preserved to this day since the the Romans destroyed much of the original city. Both Carthage and Roman influences are a part of a rich heritage of the modern Tunisia and a afternoon tour took us to some of the ancient sites.
Byrsa was a citadel above the Phoenician harbor and the name of the hill upon which it was located. Some of the ancient building foundations have been excavated and the hill is now also home to the Carthage National Museum and Acropolium, previously also known as Saint Louis Cathedral. There are no services in Acropolium anymore, and it only serves as a place for concerts.
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Built during the reign of emperor Antoninus Pius, the Baths of Carthage, as they are also known, constitute the largest baths Romans built on the African continent.
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