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Carthage



Carthage
Introduction

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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CARTHAGE
Antonine baths
Carthage, Tunisia


Carthage, Tunisia

Carthage, Tunisia


These baths were once the very largest in the Roman empire. The main pool was as big as an Olympic pool. The curved public latrines were at first take for a theatre.
Very little of the upper structures remain, but the lower halls are so huge and extensive that it is hard not be amazed.
The baths were constructed from 145 to 165 CE, and is perhaps the best illustration as to how rich and wealthy Carthage was during the Roman era. They were the largest in North Africa, and third largest in the whole Roman world.
The entire structure was rich in functions: Frigidarium (cold bath), caldarium (hot room), tepidarium (hot bath), destrictarium (warmed cleaning room), laconium (sauna) and a palaestra (an open exercise yard).
Due to being so low compared to the sea, the heating and service areas were built above ground.
Carthage, Tunisia




By Tore Kjeilen