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Subject: Legio III Augusta, Fulgentius of Ruspe, Harrison Thyng
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Location in Tunisia

Coordinates: 35°13′47″N 9°7′46″E / 35.22972°N 9.12944°E / 35.22972; 9.12944Coordinates: 35°13′47″N 9°7′46″E / 35.22972°N 9.12944°E / 35.22972; 9.12944

Country Governorate Kasserine Governorate
Population (2004)
 • Total 6,046 [1]
Time zone CET (UTC1)

Thélepte (Arabic: تلابت‎) is a Roman ruin in western Tunisia, 5 km from the modern town of Fériana, near the border with Algeria. It is located at around 34°58′33″N 8°35′38″E / 34.97583°N 8.59389°E / 34.97583; 8.59389.

Main sights

The best preserved building is a church. Cathedral in Thélepte, then Ruspe, was in the end of 5th and the beginning of 6th centuries a see of charismatic bishop Fulgentius of Ruspe, a Father of the Church.

A once great city now stands little in ruins. Historically known as an important center for Christianity in Northern Africa. Within the ruins lies a city centre, which overlooks a seasonal river. The Capitol, in the northeastern corner of the ruins, of the circular basin’s most interesting element is the circular inner court. The most persevered building is a little church in the nearby forest. Saint Fulgentius of Ruspe, was bishop of the city of Ruspe in the 5th (January 527 or 533). More recently, Edgar Pena Para was appointed archbishop (title of bishop) of Thelepte by Pope Benedict the XVI.


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