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"Reste à étudier la nature des pierres, domaine où se manifeste le mieux la folie des moeurs humaines, même si l'on passe sous silence pierres précieuses, parures en ambre, vases de cristal et vases myrrhlins…" (Histoire Naturelle, Pline l'Ancien)
El Haoaria is a village situated on Cap Bon, known for its “Punic caves”. Punics discovered that the orange sandstone of this area had excellent qualities for construction and could be easily worked so they started to exploit all this area to build their cities. Soon they realised that the more they digged the quality of the stone was better so they digged and digged and . . . that explains the “tunnels” and “caves” that we can see nowadays (picture 1). Romans went on with this tradition and they used this same stone to build cities like Cartago or Utica transporting the stones basically by sea. That same stone was used to build the Colosseo in Rome as well.
Unfortunately when I visited El Haoaria the caves were closed to the public due to a landslide and the guard told me that it will take some time to open again (he was talking about 2years) So I only was able to take some pictures from the distance. However if you don’t read this tip in time and you go there you won’t leave your camera unused as the sea arrives to the cliffs with all its strength ( this is my favourite Méditerrannée! ) keeping people at some distance (pictures 3, 4 and 5). In El Haoaria there is the northern point of Tunisia: from there Europe is only at 200km!
Directions: Cap Bon
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