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“Unique view of a Punic Town”
Review of Kerkouane

Ranked #3 of 3 things to do in Kelibia
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

For those interested in Carthage and the Phoenicians, a visit to Kerkouane is a must. Uniquely, this town was not built over after it was taken by the Romans. This means that many aspects of everyday life in a small Punic town can still be seen here. The layout of villas can be seen as can the overall layout of a typical Punic town, with curved streets rather than the straight ones later preferred by the Romans. The location directly by the sea also makes the ruins quite picturesque. If you are looking for monumental building, this is not the site for you, but if the small details of everyday life fascinate you, then you should definitely go.

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Reviewed 25 August 2013

The site has its own historical importance. The ruins are worth watching and gives a good idea of development of roman civic life of that time. But points-

There the information on site sign-boards is inadequate- not of worth an UNESCO World Heritage site would have. Moreover the museum in the same premise is all French - no surprise in a country where every other attraction has the some unwelcoming attitude for English speaking people.

So comewith your homework- in all senses- food, site knowledge and/or guide..

1  Thank Strike_right
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

Kekouane is a UNESCO world heritage site recently "re- discovered" in 1952. This is a Punic site and regarded as the best ruins of it's type in Africa. A small area of a once prosperous town has been excavated and one obvious feature is the number of sunken baths and water cisterns (many coloured) with water channels leading from the houses to the street.. There are kitchen floors with mosaic inlays and one floor in a small room with a very clear mosaic of the Phoenicians goddess Astarte.
This is possibly a 5th Century BC Punic sttlement located on a low plateau overlooking the sea. An outlook that is still very beautiful today. This seaside town is thought to have traded in a salt water mollusc called the murex from which the imperial Tyrian purple dye was processed. This visit can really be enjoyed on a sunny warm day. You can almost see yourself in the picture.

4  Thank Gunner do
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Reviewed 30 November 2012

Kekouane ruins are of Punis period circa 4th century BC. Not over built by the Romans.There are houses with hip baths still intact also a house with a shoer basin. It is in a lovely setting right on the coast of Cap Bon. Its some time since we visited but this site dont go back far enough. The museum is closed on Mondays. It holds wonderful artifacts from the period plus some Greek ceramics.

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