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“Atmospheric and all but deserted”

Punic Ports & Museum
London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Atmospheric and all but deserted”
Reviewed 7 January 2013

This is a very small and under-visited attraction. It consists of 2 lakes, one semi-circular, the other rectangular. These used to be the naval and commercial harbours of ancient Carthage.

We spent most of our time on the island in the middle of the semi-circular lake. You actually need a global ticket to get in (something which lets you into nearly all of Carthage's museums and attractions), but this cannot be bought on site. It can most reliably be bought at the Carthage Museum, some 20 minutes walk away.

The island has had several layers exposed, both of the ancient Carthaginian docks and slipways, and the later Roman temple built on top of it. It was deserted when we visited, and for nearly an hour we were the only people exploring the site. Lots of ruins to clamber over and explore. The caretaker was kind enough to open up the little room that houses the reconstruction models. These depict both the Carthaginian naval harbour and the Roman harbour. Very popular with young children.

Visited January 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Very interesting and we had an excellent guide”
Reviewed 14 December 2010

This site is very small, but as the ports were a key reason for Carthage's prosperity, we had to visit them.
The unusual key shape made by the two ports could be seen from Byrsa Hill, but was less obvious on the ground.
Fortunately, in the little on-site museum, there were two great maquettes showing how the ports looked in both Punic and Roman times, plus some photos/pictures to give you a real sense of their former glory.
The guy who checked our tickets at the gate offered us a tour for TD7 and said that we only had to pay at the end if we felt it was worth it. His name was Sala and he was an excellent guide, who was obviously very knowledgeable and made the tiny site really interesting. He also answered several questions we had about some of the other sites around Carthage.
It was worth the visit!

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