Photographer's Note

Thuburbo Majus (or Thuburbo Maius) is a large Roman site in northern Tunisia. It is located roughly 60 km southwest of Carthage on a major African thoroughfare. This thoroughfare connects Carthage to the Sahara. Romans started to build Thuburbo Majus in 27 BC.T huburbo Majus or Colonia Julia Aurelia Commoda, its Roman name, was originally a Punic town, later founded as a Roman veteran colony by Augustus 27 BC. Emperor Hadrian visited here personally in the 2nd century and declared it a municipality, which made the town really prosper. It was an important town cause it’s strategic situation and trade. Ruins of the town are in the middle of the countryside; there are no towns close to it.
The only "modern" building at this site is a small house, in which is the ticket office and a small cafe. Most of the town (or what is left) was built around 150 - 200 AD and restored in the 4th century.
There has probably not been done very much excavations, so the place has a kind of "original" feeling. You will have to use your imagination in order to get a picture what kind of town this was 2000 years ago. Slowly you will find a forum, the amphitheatre, temples, baths and other places if you’ll have patience to walk around. This town does not offer impressive restored building, but it does offer an impressive feeling of an old Roman town and the joy of "discovery".

W Tunezji zachowały się ruiny wielu miast rzymskich. Chciałabym pokazać te, które na mnie wywarły największe wrażenie. Po Kartaginie, teraz ruiny Thuburbo Maius, pięknie położone na pustkowiu.

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