Zaghouan

The Ruins of Zaghouan in Tunisia

Zaghouan

Impressively located beneath the towering slopes of Mount Zaghouan, which at 1295m is the second-highest peak in the country, is the Temple des Eaux, the Temple of the Waters. These ruins are small but their importance was huge in ancient times, as the natural spring here once provided the water for Tunis and Carthage. The aqueduct to carry the water was almost 45 miles long, much further than the distance as the crow flies, but its circuitous route meant that the water flowed naturally all the way. It was built partly underground and partly on the surface. Remains of this amazing engineering feat can still be seen by the side of the road as you drive along.