Thuburbo Majus

CountryTunisia
Destination typeHistorical site, ruins

Thuburbo Majus

The archeological site of Thuburbo Majus is outside of the modern-day village of El Fajas. The site is close to one hour south of Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. Thuburbo Majus is relatively close to Oudhna and Zaghouan, and it is a perfect stop for a day trip. The site is home to an impressive collection of Roman ruins.

A Brief History of Thuburbo Majus

Thuburbo Majus dates back to the Punic Empire before Carthage fell. However, most of the city’s construction and development dates to the beginning of the second century. The city grew and in the later part of the second century, was granted the status of a colony. Growth continued into the third century under the reign of the Severans. During the second half of the third century, Thuburbo Majus struggled due to external factors in Rome. In the following centuries, the city recovered from the struggles in the third century, with public work projects restoring the summer and winter baths as well as other sites. Also in the 4th and 5th centuries, there is evidence of the introduction of Christianity and a pagan temple remodeled into a basilica. 

Sites of Thuburbo Majus

Capital/Forum: The pillars of the capital tower over the archaeological site. The capital was the center of commerce and culture for the city. Connected to the capital was the forum courtyard. The markets were close by as well. 

Baths: At Thuburbo Majus there are two different baths — a summer and a winter bath. Guests can see the different rooms and some of the mosaics in the floor of the baths. 

Temples: Thuburbo Majus is home to six different temples. They are each unique in their own way. 

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