TEMPLE OF TANIT
It is an old story, of millenia ago. The story about a man and a woman. She was called Tanit, and he was Baal-Hammon. They were not just any couple, but a Goddess and a God. And even though she was known by different names, her essence remained the same. The Goddess of fertility, love, pleasure was associated with luck and the lunar element. Around the sixth century. BC, Carthage inaugurates its own policy of conquest towards the lands that bathed in the Mediterranean Sea. And there, where the men of Carthage landed, the Goddess and her husband also arrived. The Goddess brought by the war found fertile ground on the island where she could rest and grow, as if it were a plant or a bud in bloom. A strong matriarchal character present on the island, made it an important divinity, which in the form of an icon is still present today in the fascinating necropolis.
Before and after
On a small hill overlooking the city, outside the town, is the temple of Tanit, built in stone and leaning against a rocky wall. During archaeological excavations in the mid-1900s, engravings depicting the goddess Tanit were found, as well as a small stone pyramid. It is thought that the latter was part of the effigy of the Goddess and that therefore the temple was dedicated to her. It is hypothesize to the temple was also operational in Roman times, seems it is culture on having great respect for every religion and every deity, which is testimony to a great civilization. Returning to the main streat and then turning right you reach a road equipped with manhole covers and a sewer system, of which the skylights that provide air outlets to the cloaca still remain.
Consolidation of flooring and background screeds and manual removal of loose or incoherent parts.
Dry cleaning of surfaces with soft brushes, small brooms and scalpels.
Relocation of loose or detached elements by removing the substrate and realigning it on mortar.
Surface treatment with biocide able to counteract the growth of algae, fungi and lichens.