Unesco World Heritage sites in Tunisia | Tunisia Travel Guide

Discover all Unesco World Heritage sites in Tunisia with this article !

Despite its small size, Tunisia is a country which is as rich in nature, landscapes as in its authentic and preserved historical and cultural heritage.

In fact, The country has always been marked by the different civilizations that have followed one another on its territory. This, allowed it to stand out with an impressive cultural diversity and a rich historical heritage that highlights the imprints of ancestral civilizations.

Here are the Unesco World Heritage sites in Tunisia, distributed among 7 governorates of Tunisia.

Discover the 8 Unesco World Heritage sites in Tunisia

1. The Roman Coliseum of El Jem :

Unesco World Heritage sites in Tunisia : El Jem coliseum

First, El Jem is listed as a World Heritage Site in 1979 and is capable of accommodating 35,000 spectators. The Roman Amphitheater of El Jem is considered to be one of the largest Coliseums in North Africa. This grand amphitheater is located in the governorate of el Mahdia, was built in the 3rd century and embodies the glory of the Roman Empire.

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2. The archaeological site of Carthage

Unesco World Heritage sites in Tunisia : Archeological site of carthage

The archaeological site of Carthage has been listed as a World Heritage Site since 1979 and is home to the must-see Cathedral of Saint Louis. Scattered throughout the city of Carthage in the governorate of Tunis, the ruins of the archaeological site of Carthage bear witness to a grandiose civilization that has been able to impose its existence since the 9th century BC until today.

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3. The old Medina of Tunis

Unesco World Heritage sites in Tunisia : old medina of tunis

Founded in 689 around the Zitouna mosque and Listed since 1979 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Medina of Tunis experienced unparalleled growth under the reign of the Almohads and the Hafsids (from the 12th to the 16th century) and quickly grew. Developed to become one of the most important cities in the Islamic world. The old Medina of Tunis has more than 700 must-see monuments, including palaces, mosques and mausoleums preserved to this day

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4. Kairouan

Unesco World Heritage sites in Tunisia : old medina of tunis

The former Aghlabid capital and one of the most important Islamic cities, Kairouan has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1988. Renowned for its medina, its rich architectural heritage and its great mosques, Kairouan has managed to maintain its positioning as the first holy city of the Maghreb.

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5. The Punic city of Kerkouane and its necropolis

Kerkouan punic site : Unesco World Heritage sites in Tunisia

Kerkouane is home to a city and a necropolis dating from the Phoenician era. The Punic city of Kerkouane has been listed among the World Heritage sites since 1986. Located at the end of Cap Bon on a cliff overlooking the sea, it is, indeed, the only preserved Punic city that has not suffered any damage. modifications, thus, reflecting the old typically Punic architecture.

6. The Medina of  Sousse

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Listed since 1988 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the heart of the Tunisian Sahel, the Medina of Sousse symbolizes the typical architecture of the ancient Islamic cities of the Maghreb.

The Medina of Sousse is home to grandiose historical monuments including the ribat and the Great Mosque. 

7. Dougga

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Located in the governorate of Béja in northern Tunisia, the archaeological site of Dougga was inscribed in 1997 on the list of world heritage sites. It is, indeed, the best-preserved Roman city in northern Africa. Distinguished by its size as well as its location, Dougga is a place rich in history and landscape. Dougga shelters, also,  grandiose monuments which testify to the different civilizations which succeeded one another on the territory of the country, including the Capitol, the Libyco-Punic mausoleum, and the temples of Saturn and Juno Caelestis.

8. The Ichkeul National Park

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Covering a total area of ​​12,600 hectares and counting more than 180 species of birds, some of which are rare and endangered, Ichkeul National Park is one of the best-known parks in Tunisia and even in North Africa. Ichkeul National Park was a hunting reserve in the 18th century before being listed as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site in 1980 (as a natural site).

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