Christian Tuxen Falbe

Christian Tuxen Falbe (5 April 1791– 19 July 1849) was a Danish naval officer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer and diplomat. [1][2]


Falbe was born at Helsingør. He was the son of Ulrik Anton Falbe (1746-95), inspector at Øresund Custom House and father of diplomat Christian Frederik Falbe (1828-1896). In 1807, he became a second lieutenant. He was appointed lieutenant-lieutenant in 1815. By 1820, he became a lieutenant-captain. [2][3]

He served as consul to the Beylik of Tunis between 1821 and 1831. In 1833 he was relocated to Greece. Between 1837-38, he undertook a voyage in the Algerian provinces of Constantine and Tunis. In 1838, he participated in a scientific expedition to study the ruins of Carthage. He was the first to perform an archaeological survey on the site of Carthage and the first to produce a modern map of Tunis. In 1841 he resigned as a vessel commander-in-chief. From 1842, he was director of the king's collections at Amalienborg and from 1847 director of the Royal coin cabinet at Rosenborg Castle.[2][4][5]

In 1813, he received the Knights' Cross of the Order of the Dannebrog. He died during 1849 and was buried at Holmen Cemetery (Holmens Kirkegård) in Copenhagen. [1]


  1. ^ a b Georg Galster. "Christian Falbe". Dansk Biografisk Leksikon, Gyldendal. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Falbe, Christian Frederik, 1828-96". Dansk biografisk Lexikon. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "Christian Falbe - diplomat". Dansk Biografisk Leksikon. Retrieved August 1, 2020.
  4. ^ "The Green Cabinet". Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  5. ^ "Christian Falbe - numismatiker". Dansk Biografisk Leksikon. Retrieved August 1, 2020.


  • Recherches sur l’emplacement de Carthage (planches), Paris, Imprimé par autorisation du roi à l'Imprimerie Royale, Paris, Service historique de la Défense, Archives du département de la Marine, 1833
  • Description du plan de Tunis et de Carthage, Copenhague, Service historique de la Défense, Département de l'armée de terre, 1-M 1675. Asie et Afrique, Mémoires et reconnaissance/inventaire/série 1M tome II. F 141-166, 1832