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Discover Tunisia

Tunisia’s History

Bordered by the Mediterranean Sea from the north and east, Tunisia has a rich history that extends over 3,000 years and in which several civilizations have succeeded one another to constitute a composite heritage that is highly representative of Tunisian culture. The Punic, Roman, Byzantine, Arab and Ottoman civilizations have made their mark on the habits and customs of the autochthonous Berber population, which has been subjected to major transformations throughout history.

World Heritage in Tunisia

Tunisia has always been marked by the different civilizations that have succeeded one another on its territory. It is a country distinguished by its rich historical and authentic cultural heritage. 7 Tunisian archaeological cultural sites are classified as World Heritage by UNESCO including :

The archaeological site of Carthage
The Roman amphitheater of El Jem
The Medina of Tunis
The Punic City of Kerkouane and its Necropolis (1986)
The Medina of Kairouan
The Medina of Sousse
The Archaeological Site of Dougga

Cultural heritage in Tunisia

Intangible Heritage includes traditions or expressions inherited from our ancestors such as performing arts or know-how. In 2022, Tunisia has five elements registered as intangible cultural heritage on the representative list.

The skills of Sejnane
pottery (2018)
The knowledge associated
with the date palm (2019)
The skills and practices
related to the production
and consumption of couscous (2020)
Charfiya fishing in the Kerkennah Islands (2020)
The knowledge, practices and skills of Arabic calligraphy (2021)


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