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1. The big theatre

2. The Capitol

3. Lybico-Punic Mausoleum

4. Licinian Baths

5. Southern Baths

6. Brothel

7. Forum

8. Square of Winds

9. Temple of Caelestis

10. Temple of Saturn

11. Temple of Minerva

12. Small temples

13. Hypogee

14. Streets and houses

15. Mosaics, statues and inscriptions

16. Arch of Alexander Severus

17. Cisterns

18. City market

19. Numidian Wall

20. Dolmens

21. In Bardo Museum


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Dougga, Tunisia

The Capitol of Dougga, built 166 CE.

Dougga, Tunisia

The big theatre, dating back to 168 CE.

Dougga, Tunisia

The Lybico-Punic Mausoleum, dating back to the 3rd century BCE, before the Roman era.

Dougga, Tunisia

The Temple of Saturn built 195 CE.

Dougga is situated in the mountains inland of Tunisia, at about 550 metres above sea level, in an area that was densely populated by the Numidians. The city served as one of the capitals of Massinissa, an Roman ally, and one of the contenders to Carthage.
The location was ideal, as it was fairly close to the heartland of the Carthaginian territory. It first served as an important military post and with the arrival of the Romans it became a regional administrative centre. Still there can hardly have been much more than 10,000 inhabitants in its heyday.
Dougga was abandoned and deserted with the Vandal invasion, and since then there has only been a small village on the other side of the hills.
The site of Dougga offers some nice ruins, where some have been restored. But as is the case for many archaeological grounds in Tunisia, the finest statues and mosaics have been transferred to the Bardo Museum in Tunis.
The whole area is about 3 km², and among the most important ruins are the Capitol with a peristyle in very good condition. The theatre, not one of the biggest, has been restored to an excellent condition.
The Libyco-Punic mausoleum to the south is perhaps the finest structure to survive from the time before the Romans.
Also there are a fine selection of temples around Dougga, some in fine condition.

By Tore Kjeilen