Thursday, November 8, 2012

Kerkuane - Tunisia

Just one more card to finish today's updates. I'm bored, thats why i've been updating since this morning. Now i've a new Unesco card from Tunisia, Kerkuane, sent by Sapic. I only miss 1 tunisian Unesco site now.
UNESCO declared the Punic Town of Kerkouane and its Necropolis a World Heritage Site in 1985, citing among other things that the remains constitute the only example of a Phoenicio-Punic city to have survived.

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The ruins of the Punic Town of Kerkuane are located on a cliff-top at the eastern end of Cape Bon, about 80 km (by line-of-sight) east of Tunis.  The ruins, discovered in 1952, are those of a planned Phoenician town, protected by double fortifications, dating from the late 4th and early 3rd centuries BC.  Unlike other such towns, Kerkuane was abandoned in the middle of the 3rd century BC, and the Romans did not build on the same site, so the port, ramparts, residential districts, shops, workshops, streets, squares, temples and necropolis remain as they were originally. Before the discovery of Kerkuane, little was known about Punic architecture and town planning.
The ruins have been excavated and partially restored, so that the layout of the town is clear, and features of some of the main buildings can be seen, including the room layout and even some old mosaics.  The houses were built around courtyards with a corridor to the street and stairs leading up to a roof-top terrace.  Homes were decorated with red floors inlaid with white-stone fragments, with ornate plaster friezes and carvings on the walls and ceilings.  Individual arm-chair style baths are a special feature of the town, contrasting with the Roman public bathing of later centuries. - in:

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