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    Gigthis (Arabic: جكتيس) is an ancient site located in the south of Tunisia, in the territory of the governorate of Medenine.

    The site is located at the bottom of the Gulf of Boughrara, facing the island of Djerba, on the ancient road connecting Carthage to Leptis Magna.

    Of Punic origin, the city of Gigthis is part, in the sixth century BC. AD from the territory subject to Carthage. In the 1st century, Gigthis was already a city with a fairly elaborate urban fabric. However, it was not until the 2nd century that it became a municipality under Emperor Antoninus Pius.

    From then on, it continues to flourish to become, thanks to its economic boom, one of the most beautiful and prosperous trading towns in the Gulf of Boughrara and a center around which the neighboring towns revolve.

    In the middle of Gigthis is the Roman Forum. All around stand religious and official buildings, the most important of which is the capitol. On the outskirts of the city stretch the remains of a series of bourgeois dwellings, some of which retain traces of very beautiful corridors paved with monochrome and polychrome mosaics.

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