Sbeitla is a city in north-central Tunisia. The archaeological site of Sbeitla, known as the Roman ruins of Sufetula, contains the best preserved Roman forum temples in Tunisia and possibly one of the best in the world.
This archaeological site was excavated and restored between 1906 and 1921. The site itself is very large in size, but it has not yet been fully excavated. There are usually not too many people compared with other archaeological sites, so you can freely enjoy walking through this historical city discovering its hamman (public baths), Diocletian’s Arch, temples, basilicas, baptisteries (separate baptistery for adults and infants), theater, gym, stone engravings, courtyard, public fountain, water reservoir, olive press, and other Roman and Byzantine remains.
The forum in Sbeitla is perhaps the most impressive part of the entire site. The three Capitoline temples were constructed as dedication to the Roman gods, with each temple dedicated to its own god including Jupiter, Juno and Minerva. Other main sights include the Triumphal Arch of the Tetrarchy at the city entrance and the Gate of Antoninus located at the forum entrance.
The Archaeological Museum of Sbeitla
Located across the road from the archaeological site and next to the ticket office is the archaeological museum of Sbeitla. This museum is sectioned into three exhibition rooms:
- The Capsian culture
- The Dionysus empire,
- Mosaic exhibition.
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