Saint Louis Cathedral, Carthage

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#3 of 9 in Historic Sites in Carthage
Situated atop a hill near ancient Roman ruins, Saint Louis Cathedral serves as a venue for public events and concerts of classical and traditional Tunisian music. The cathedral was built at the place of an antique Aesculapius temple under auspices of Al-Husayn II ibn Mahmud, a 19th century Bey of Tunis. It was meant to commemorate Louis IX, a French crusader king who died from dysentery in Carthage during his second crusade. In the gardens surrounding the cathedral, you can see a funerary monument marking the alleged burial spot of some of the king's entrails--his bones were carried back to France. To visit Saint Louis Cathedral and get the most from your holiday in Carthage, create itinerary details personal to you using our Carthage holiday planner.
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  • The cathedral built to the glory of St. Louis is now a place of concert and exhibition. The renovation is beautifully successful, the staff is very attentive to visitors. Don't miss the chance to visit this place
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  • This Catholic cathedral of Louis Saint is located next to the excavations of Carthage. Street vendors strongly recommend visiting. I didn't.
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  • Since the Carthage National Museum was closed, we did not have the chance to see the collection of objects found on the site. However, we went to visit the Acropolium, which is the old Saint Louis Cathedral. Since 1993, the cathedral is no longer used for worship, but instead, it serves for a series of cultural events such as concerts and festivals. When we entered inside the cathedral, a wedding was in preparation but it did not interfere with our visit. We were able to admire its singular architecture following a Byzantine-Moorish style featuring stained glass, azure blue painted wall, and sculpted arabesques. It did not take us that long to do the tour, we were done in less than 10 minutes. Visit my Instagram (kelledstyle) and blog for more info and pictures ;-)
  • Beautiful. A must see in Tunisia
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