Archaeological Site of Carthage

UNESCO RegionArab States
LocationDistrict of Tunis
CoordinatesN36 51 10.008 E10 19 23.988
Inscription Date1979
Property (ha)616
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
CriteriaTo be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions; with ideas; or with beliefs; with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance
All ThreatsHousing
All ThreatsLegal framework
All ThreatsGovernance
All ThreatsManagement systems/ management plan
Unesco Reference Number37
State of Conservation Report
DescriptionCarthage was founded in the 9th century B.C. on the Gulf of Tunis. From the 6th century onwards, it developed into a great trading empire covering much of the Mediterranean and was home to a brilliant civilization. In the course of the long Punic wars, Carthage occupied territories belonging to Rome, which finally destroyed its rival in 146 B.C. A second – Roman – Carthage was then established on the ruins of the first.
StatusWorld Heritage Site