Located more than 250 kms southwest of Carthage, the site of Haidra (ancient Ammaedara) is considered one of the largest in Tunisia today. Crossroad major roads, placed on the tracks of Carthage in Tebessa (Theveste in Algeria), and Tabarca in Gafsa in the south, the city is a Roman creation since it moved here in the first century AD the famous Third Legion Augustus, who was responsible for Roman victory over the Berber tribes and the beginning of the Romanization of the region.

Arc de Septime Sevère
In Roman times many monuments have been preserved: the Arch of Septimius Severus, which marks the entrance to the city, the Capitol, baths, market, monument trough, theater, mausoleums ...
For the Christian period, to date six or seven churches were found and excavated, they are often in perfect condition and some had a floor completely covered with slabs of limestone bearing epitaphs.

Mausolée Tétrastyle
But the most spectacular monument of Ammaedara is the Byzantine fortress built during the reign of Emperor Justinian in the sixth century, within which are a series of tanks and especially two churches, one of which still bears the vestiges of a gallery. Recent excavations have uncovered a monument with columns from the early Islamic period. Can - be it - there a prayer room?

Eglise de la forteresse byzantine
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 December 2010 14:50