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“Only for those who love history”

Punic Ports & Museum
Reviewed 15 March 2013

If you dont´care too much about history, this place will look like a small lake or harbour in the middle of an uninteresting neighborhood. If ´Carthage´ and ´punic wars´ don´t mean much to you, don´t even bother going there. BUT if you ever dreamed of visiting what remained of the great Carthage... well, this was the hearth of the port, the place were the fleet was. It keeps the original round shape. If you go to the small island in the center, you can see what remained of the places where the ships used to be. There is a small museum where you can see a maquette of the punic harbour. Anyway you can only imagine what it was, because the Romans did destroy Carthage completely (what tourists visit today is mostly Roman). A must-see if you love history. Otherwise, nothing special about.

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Reviewed 14 March 2013

The museum is very run-down ... but the guides are nice. The Punic ports and Museum are in separate areas - so you need to take a taxi from place to place - and spend 9 dinars to see all three. They should charge a bit more and spend the money fixing it. Or UNESCO should help out.

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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.

1  Thank JinWee T
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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!

3  Thank alixjasmine
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Reviewed 1 August 2017
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