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Dougga / Thugga
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Type of site: Cultural
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Date of Inscription: 1997
Location: Africa, Tunisia, Gouvernat de Beja
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Description: The town of Thugga, erected on an elevated site looking out over a fertile plain, was the capital of a significant Libyco-Punic state, prior to the Roman annexation of Numidia. It thrived under Roman and Byzantine rule, but weakened during the Islamic period. The striking ruins that are still observable in our day present an indication of the resources available to a tiny Roman town on the outer edge of the empire. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Dougga or Thugga is a Roman ruin in northern Tunisia located on a 65 hectare site. Dougga was originally a fortified Berber village (the name Thugga meant "pastures"). Later, it served as the seat of the Numidian king Masinissa in the 2nd century BC. The Romans occupied the city in the late 2nd century BC. Dougga declined under Byzantine, then Vandal, occupation. Because impressive Roman ruins remain, Dougga was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. A well-preserved theater was built around 168 AD, it is in such good condition until recently that it is used to stage concerts during the Dougga Festival held every summer. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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