The Acropolium, Carthage. African ambition; relics of that Crusader zeal

On to the Saint Louis cathedral, now known as the Acropolium and no longer used for worship.

Arabic inscription inside the Cathedral

It was built between 1884 and 1890 under the and acquired for all of .

Louis IX (Saint Louis), he of the Crusader zeal, arrived in Tunis on his way to yet another scrum (the eighth and final Crusade). But he died possibly of dysentery and part of his remains were buried in the cathedral.

Saint Louis’s relics

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Originally published at on December 28, 2015.

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