"Dougga: a Roman city" Dougga by aliante1981

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Thugga - modern Dougga: the best-preserved ancient Roman city in modern Tunisia, located near modern Tabursuq, west of the ancient road between Carthage and Theveste (modern Tébessa, Algeria). Thugga's most notable pre-Roman ruin is a 2nd-century-BC mausoleum, built in honour of a Numidian prince. A three-storied building topped by a pyramid, the mausoleum contained a bilingual Phoenician and Numidian inscription and represented a fusion of the Egyptian pyramidal funerary building and the Hellenistic Greektemple. It was probably an ancestor of the tower tombs with slender pyramids that were characteristic of Roman Africa.

Thugga was made a municipium (a community with partial rights of Roman citizenship) by the Roman emperor Septimius Severus (reigned AD 193–211), and an arch erected in his honour is one of the outstanding Roman remains. Other important buildings dating to Roman times include a forum, baths, villas, temples, an aqueduct, and a theatre. - This description comes from Britannica 2003

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  • Pros:Amazing ancient monuments - v. well-preserved city!
  • Cons:It can get hot and crowded in mid-summer
  • Last visit to Dougga: Jul 2001
  • Intro Updated Feb 19, 2005
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    Dec 10, 2005 at 9:23 PM

    You are right, Dougga can be very hot in Summer ! This is a wonderful place with so much to see !


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