Dougga Off The Beaten Path

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    The Libyco-Punic mausoleum

    by JLBG Written Jan 9, 2005

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    The Libyco-Punic mausoleum is one of very few ruins from the time before the Romans. It dates back to 3rd century BC, and even if it is small, it could be worth the whole trip to Dougga in itself. It stands 21 meters high at the south edge of the town. It is sometimes considered as the sepulture of a Numidian king, Ataban. It is more likely to be a mausoleum. A stele bearing the names of its builders and Numidian princes who were believed to have resided in Thugga once ornamented it. A British consul stole the stone that is now found in the British Museum. The mausoleum was half destroyed and had to be rebuilt.

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    Triumph Arch in Musti

    by JLBG Written Jan 9, 2005

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    Musti is now a very small village, 11 km from Dougga, on the road to El Kef. Just by the road stands a Triumph Arch in very good condition. Actually, the Roman road from Dougga to El Kef and Annaba passed under the arch. It is 5.30 meters wide, as the rule requires it. When the road had to be widened, it was created parallel to the old Roman way. The Roman city of Musti is mostly undug but it has a very beautiful Roman basilica with baptistery, a Temple to Apollo, some minor Temples and a good length of Roman way.

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    Close up on the Lybico punic mausoleum

    by JLBG Written Jan 9, 2005

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    Lybico punic mausoleum has 3 superposed tiers, the top crowned by a pyramidal roof, formerly flanked by 4 harpies. From the ground up, each tier is separated from the next by steps and decorated with Ionic columns. The 2nd tier is decorated with horsemen, the 3rd with bas-relief quadrigas.

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    Another Lybico punic mausoleum ?

    by JLBG Written Jan 9, 2005

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    This mausoleum stands in the country, not far from Dougga. It has a look that is evidently closely related to the mausoleum standing near Dougga but I have not found any information to identify it more precisely. Anyway, it has to be another Lybico-punic mausoleum

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    Beheaded statue

    by JLBG Written Jan 9, 2005

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    This beheaded statue did not bear any sign for identification and though I have extensively searched in guide-books, in specialized books on the Roman history of Tunisia as well as on the net with no avail. I would bet for Jupiter but as we say in French "Je n'en donnerai pas ma tête à couper"

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    Amphitheatre?

    by Maria81 Updated Jan 8, 2010

    This is (possibly/potentially) a smaller sibling of Dougga's more famous Theatre - the archaeologists don't seem to have a single opinion onthe subject, but the prevailing interpretation has been that the tracesof remains in the northwest of the site do mark the site of theamphitheatre

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    Temple of Mercury

    by Maria81 Written Jan 8, 2010

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    Just off the "Rose of the Winds" square, facing the ancient market

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    Dedicated to Tellus (that's the Roman Earth Mother goddess), the templeis largely in ruins - there is no courtyard to the temple, and the mainedifice used to stand on a podium of four steps in height. Today you canstill see some of the columns of the temple on the very same podium

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    Temple of August Piety

    by Maria81 Written Jan 8, 2010

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    Close to the temple of Mercury, facing the "Rose of the Winds" square

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    Built during the reign of Emperor Hadrian who took an active interest inTunisian provinces of the Roman Empire, the temple was an example ofwhat would be a trend in the Middle Ages - the construction of religiousbuildings as an act of philantropy (in the Middle Ages this would be mixed with a dose of atonement for past sins).

    You can still see the remains of the vestibule, as well as a smallmosque nearby that has survived the decline of the settlement replacingDougga itself

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    Victoria Church

    by Maria81 Written Jan 8, 2010

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    Below the Temple of Saturn, to the north-east from the main centre of Dougga

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    Notable as being the only Christian building so far located in Dougga,the church was finished in the 5th century. You can see the foundations,lower parts of the walls, steps, column basements, etc.

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