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Ain Tounga



Ain Tounga
Introduction

1. Amphitheatre

2. Smashed theatre

3. Market with child footprints

4. Capitol of needles

5. Baths, not a church

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Ain Tounga
Amphitheatre
Ain Tounga, Tunisia


Ain Tounga, Tunisia

Ain Tounga, Tunisia

Ain Tounga, Tunisia


Make sure that you get to see the amphitheatre when you visit Ain Tounga, it is unmentioned in all travel guides, and lies a few hundred metres to the west of the rest of the ancient city.
The structure isn't really impressive, but quite attractive. It appears that the outer walls are original, but the guardian told me that they had been built by the Arabs, suggesting that the original walls may have stood further out. If not, the amphitheatre must have been among the ones with least seats compared to the ground area.
There is nothing to see of seats, nor underground chambers. But the three entrances are fairly well-preserved, so are some of the gates leading into the ground or the the area beneath the tribune.
The guardian pointed out two details to me. On the upper of the photos to the left, you see a a bird with the body of a heart. The lower photo, the guardian could tell me nothing about, except that the red colour had intrigued a couple of archaeologists coming out here.




By Tore Kjeilen