The next morning we hopped in the Punto and headed east of El Kef to Dougga (Doooo-GA! Doooo-GA! Doooo-GA!), hailed as 'the best preserved Roman small town in North Africa' by UNESCO. Not surprisingly they designated the area a World Heritage Site in 1997. I have to admit that it is one of the highlights of my time in Tunisia and as 'enchanting' as the Lonely Planet describes it. Granted, the weather was optimal (mild temperatures and a refreshing breeze), the panorama exceedingly pleasing to behold, the tourist population tolerable (notwithstanding the large group of obstreperous Chinese tourists), and our archaeologist/guide knowledgeable and coherent. It really is staggering to consider the level of sophistication achieved by the ancient Roman architects and the intricacies of their society. You can almost imagine what life would have been like in this small Roman outpost smack dab in the middle of the bread basket of their empire…..almost. Doooo-GA! Doooo-GA! Doooo-GA!
|These two pics are evidence of Nazi occupation.|
|This, on the other hand, is evidence of the swastika's ancient origins|
|Punic-Libyan Mausoleum of Numidian orgins|
|Most of what is left of the Temple of Saturn|
|Amphitheater of Dougga|
|Photo by Leslie Peralta|
|View of exterior of Roman bath house in Hammam Mellegue|
|View of valley from bath house|
The footage below is less than ideal but it does give a short peek at the men's bathing arena. It is some random Italian guy rambling on in his native tongue. I found it on YouTube. I would have taken my own footage but I doubt the other bathers would have appreciated that.