Touring the ruins of Carthage is one of those lifetime experiences I’m grateful for getting to experience, and will never forget.
Honestly though, I don’t remember much about Carthage from my school days. I recall it has something to do with the Punic Wars and Romans, but other than that, truthfully, I just recognized the name. Josh, on the other hand, is a huge history buff, so he re-explained Carthage to me, since I obviously forgot this grade school lesson. So anyway, if you’re anything like me and are not familiar with the famous Carthage ruins, you can read about them here. I’ll also provide a brief description…
A UNESCO Heritage Site, Carthage was founded in the 9th century B.C. and developed into an amazing civilization and well-known trading empire. During the Punic Wars, Carthage occupied territories belonging to Rome, which got destroyed. Then, a second – Roman – Carthage was established on the ruins of the first. A lot of the items found in Carthage now reside at the Bardo Museum, which I talked about in my last post.
Visiting Carthage in person, and being able to physically walk around the ruins, was so amazing – especially for Josh. It was pretty cool for me, the non-history buff, too. One of the best things about Carthage is visitors don’t get to “just see the ruins,” but are actually allowed to walk through them! There are no roped off areas here – walk and touch all you want.
More from Tunisia still to come!