Dougga qualified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1997.
Situated on uneven terrain, and therefore not designed according to the classic checkerboard plan of Roman town planning, Dougga is certainly the most majestic of Tunisia and the best preserved of the Maghreb. Its ruins are situated on a hill 600 m above sea level and spread over 25 ha in a fertile area of northern Tunisia. There is a refined architecture and an elaborate urbanism with amphitheater, capitol, forum, thermal baths, mausoleums, temples, luxurious homes and water evacuation system. All these vestiges reflect a history bearing the imprints of berber, punic and roman civilisations.