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1. Punic port

2. Tophet with child sacrifice

3. Antonine baths

4. Punic remains on Byrsa Hill

5. The museum

6. Building with columns

7. Theatre

8. Archaeological garden

9. Cathedral on Byrsa Hill


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Punic port

Carthage, Tunisia

Launching ramp for ships from the cental island. Ships landed here were often in for repairs.

Carthage, Tunisia

Model inside the small museum in the port.

Carthage, Tunisia

Representation of the port of Roman Carthage, 2nd century CE. It used the same structures as the Punic port had.

Trying to understand what Carthage was like, the Punic port may be the best place to visit. Carthage was by far a stronger sea power than Rome for centuries. From trade over the Mediterranean waves, created the wealth of Carthage.
But the remains you see now, are of the Roman port structure. Especially, the circular island, is often used as an illustration of Carthage's greatness before the Romans destroyed it all.
The Punic port is very much moulded by man, and is a 100 meter wide canal shaped like a perfect circle. The inner part, 130 metres in diametre was both the quay, and the dock where repairs were done. Even if this structure appears small, it was big enough for up to 220 slim ships at one time.
Little remains, except a couple of anonymous stones lying randomly on the ground, as well as a couple of places where there are clear traces of the docks. These give clear indications of the size of the ships, as well has how they were docked.
2 Next to the port, there is a small museum with a model showing you how archeologists belive that the port was in Punic times.
Carthage, Tunisia

Fishing on the western side of the central island of the Punic Port. The opening to the ocean is most likely a modern invention.

Carthage, Tunisia

You can just about make out the whole port arrangement looking at it from Byrsa Hill. The cirular island in front, while the rectangular basin furhter on.

By Tore Kjeilen