Tunis and Carthage, Tunisia

Photos taken by David Stanley on a visit to Tunis and Carthage, Tunisia.
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Founded by the Phoenicians in the 6th century BC, ancient Kerkouane contained residences complete with individual bath tubs. The city was destroyed by the Romans in the 3rd century BC and never rebuilt.

Founded by the Phoenicians in the 6th century BC, ancient Kerkouane contained residences complete with individual bath tubs. The city was destroyed by the Romans in the 3rd century BC and never rebuilt.

The foundations of 2nd century BC shops and houses can be seen in the Hannibal district adjoining the Carthage National Museum near Tunis, Tunisia.

The foundations of 2nd century BC shops and houses can be seen in the Hannibal district adjoining the Carthage National Museum near Tunis, Tunisia.

A 3rd century AD mosaic in the Musée National du Bardo in Tunis, Tunisia, depicts the Latin poet Virgil flanked by two muses. This is the only mosaic depiction of Virgil which has come down to us from antiquity.

A century AD mosaic in the Musée National du Bardo in Tunis, Tunisia, depicts the Latin poet Virgil flanked by two muses. This is the only mosaic depiction of Virgil which has come down to us from antiquity.

The Musée National du Bardo in Tunis has been Tunisia's premier museum since its opening in 1888. An expansion in 2009-2012 doubled the museum's size.

The Musée National du Bardo in Tunis has been Tunisia's premier museum since its opening in An expansion in doubled the museum's size.

Italy is just 150 kilometers across the Strait of Sicily from the Tunisian coast at Kerkouane. Cape Bon looms in the background.

Italy is just 150 kilometers across the Strait of Sicily from the Tunisian coast at Kerkouane. Cape Bon looms in the background.

The Fort De Kelibia was originally built by the Byzantines but much expanded by the Ottomans in the 16th century. It dominates a town dating back to Punic and Roman times.

The Fort De Kelibia was originally built by the Byzantines but much expanded by the Ottomans in the 16th century. It dominates a town dating back to Punic and Roman times.

The Hand of Fatima, a protective sign popular in the Islamic world, appears on tiled panels sold at ceramic shops in Nabeul, Tunisia. Fatima, daughter of the Prophet Muhammad, is loved by all Muslims.

The Hand of Fatima, a protective sign popular in the Islamic world, appears on tiled panels sold at ceramic shops in Nabeul, Tunisia. Fatima, daughter of the Prophet Muhammad, is loved by all Muslims.

Cobblestone streets connecting whitewashed houses with blue shutters and doors are trademarks of Sidi Bou Said near Tunis, Tunisia. Trendy cafes and art galleries flourish here.

Cobblestone streets connecting whitewashed houses with blue shutters and doors are trademarks of Sidi Bou Said near Tunis, Tunisia. Trendy cafes and art galleries flourish here.

A couple strolls along the bank of the ancient Punic port of Carthage near Tunis, Tunisia.

A couple strolls along the bank of the ancient Punic port of Carthage near Tunis, Tunisia.

The seaside Thermes d'Antonin at Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia, were among the largest in the Roman Empire. One of the eight 15-meter columns once used to support the vaulted roof has been restored.

The seaside Thermes d'Antonin at Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia, were among the largest in the Roman Empire. One of the eight 15-meter columns once used to support the vaulted roof has been restored.

The Carthage National Museum occupies the the seminary of the colonial-era Cathédrale Saint Louis on the site of ancient Carthage near Tunis, Tunisia.

The Carthage National Museum occupies the the seminary of the colonial-era Cathédrale Saint Louis on the site of ancient Carthage near Tunis, Tunisia.

An elegant 18th century pavilion called La Koubba in Parc du Belvédère provides good views of Tunis, Tunisia.

An elegant 18th century pavilion called La Koubba in Parc du Belvédère provides good views of Tunis, Tunisia.

Tunisian artist Ismail Ben Fredj poses before one of his works at La Maison des Arts in Parc du Belvédère, Tunis.

Tunisian artist Ismail Ben Fredj poses before one of his works at La Maison des Arts in Parc du Belvédère, Tunis.

A lion enjoys the afternoon sun at the Tunis Zoo in Parc du Belvédère in Tunis, Tunisia.

A lion enjoys the afternoon sun at the Tunis Zoo in Parc du Belvédère in Tunis, Tunisia.

This 3rd century AD Roman mosaic of a gigantic lion between stalks of millet is in the Musée National du Bardo in Tunis, Tunisia.

This 3rd century AD Roman mosaic of a gigantic lion between stalks of millet is in the Musée National du Bardo in Tunis, Tunisia.

This 1st century BC statue of the pagan god Baal Hammon is.in the Musée National du Bardo in Tunis, Tunisia. The Carthaginians burned their children as human sacrifices to him.

This 1st century BC statue of the pagan god Baal Hammon is.in the Musée National du Bardo in Tunis, Tunisia. The Carthaginians burned their children as human sacrifices to him.

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