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Punic Town of Kerkuane and its Necropolis*
UNESCO World Heritage Site

House in Kerkouane.
State Party  Tunisia
Type Cultural
Criteria iii
Reference 332
Region** Arab States
Inscription history
Inscription 1985  (9th Session)
Extensions 1986
* Name as inscribed on World Heritage List.
** Region as classified by UNESCO.

Kerkouane (Arabic: كركوان‎; occasionally Kerkuane) is a Punic city in northeastern Tunisia, near Cape Bon. This Phoenician city was probably abandoned during the First Punic War (c. 250 B.C.), and as a result was not rebuilt by the Romans. It had existed for almost 400 years.

Excavations of the town have revealed ruins from the 4th and 3rd Centuries BC. Around the site where the layout is clearly visible, many houses still show their walls, and the coloured clay on the facades is often still visible. The houses were built to a standard plan, in accordance with a sophisticated notion of town planning.

A sanctuary has some columns preserved, and in a small atrium parts of mosaics are found. Curbstones, doorsteps, thresholds, and floors of simple mosaic layers are found all over the ruins. Still archaeologists work on the Kerkouane site, but it is believed that the best parts have already been discovered.

Kerkouane was one of the most important Punic cities, with Carthage, Hadrumetum (modern Sousse) and Utica.

Sights

UNESCO declared the Punic Town of Kerkouane and its Necropolis a World Heritage Site in 1985, citing among other things that the remains constitute the only example of a Phoenicio-Punic city to have survived.

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Coordinates: 36°56′47″N 11°05′57″E / 36.94639°N 11.09917°E / 36.94639; 11.09917

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Africa : North Africa : Tunisia : Kerkouane
Remains at Kerkouane
Remains at Kerkouane

Kerkouane (also Kerkuane) is in Tunisia.

Understand

A city of the Pheonician and Punic periods it was probably abandoned in 3rd century BC and, therefore, largely ignored by the Romans. As such it is probably the only example of its kind to survive. Noted for its clear demonstration of town planning techniques. The town and its necropolis are a UNESCO World Heritage List site.

Get in

Approximately 80km to the east of Tunis, equi-distant (20km) between the towns of Keliba and El Haouaria.

Busses run from Kelibia and can drop you at the turn of for the ruins from which it is a 1.5km walk. A taxi there from Kelibia should cost about 4-10TD (€2.5-7)

The site could be visited as a day trip from Tunis, Hammamet or perhaps even Sousse

Get around

The remains are easy to walk around. Some form of transport from the main road may be useful as t is about a 1.5km walk

  • The remains are well marked out and set on a nice stretch of coast line. Allow the best part of an hour to do them justice.
  • There is a small museum detailing the archeological finds and history of the site.
  • Explore the remains and look out for the minimalist mosaics of the Punic God Tanit
  • Sit beside the sea and relax

Buy

There is a small gift shop in the museum that sells tourist orientated products

Eat

The museum shop sells a few drinks and snacks

Sleep

The best place to base yourself for accommodation would be the nearby town of Kelibia.

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