The archaeological site of Bulla Regia is located in north-western Tunisia, near the modern town of Jendouba. This archaeological site is located on the slope of a hill, about 500 feet high.
What to See in Bulla Regia
Bulla Regia is an unique archaeological site in Tunisia because its domestic architecture are uniquely constructed below ground. This could be to avoid the intense temperature especially during the summer time. Another unique feature is the opportunity to see many sophisticated decorative mosaic floors in situ. Other mosaics from this region can also be found in the Bardo Museum in Tunis.
When visiting Bulla Regia, you must visit the amphitheater with a large mosaic of a bear within. St. Augustine of Hippo once visited Bulla Regia in 399, and stood in this amphitheater to reproach the citizens for their lack of faith. There are also many Roman house ruins including the House of the Hunt, the House of the Peacock, the House of the Treasures, the House of Amphitrite, the House of the Fisherman. These houses are named after the mosaics that can be found within its structures.
A Brief History of Bulla Regia
In 156 BC, Bulla Regia became the capital of a small Numidian kingdom under the rule of King Massinissa.
It later became part of the Roman Empire in the first century AD, serving as a station outpost along the route between Hippo Regius (in Algeria) to Carthage. The region became a municipium (a town or city) under the rule of Emperor Augustus. The town later became a colonia (a Roman outpost in a conquered territory) under the rule of Emperor Hadrian, who granted Roman citizenship to its inhabitants.
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