Roman city Leptis Magna

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Leptis Magna, Libya
Roman city Leptis Magna - The arch of Septimus Severus
Roman city Leptis Magna - The market in the town
Roman city Leptis Magna - The amphitheatre
Roman city Leptis Magna - The Hadrian bath
Roman city Leptis Magna - The theatre

Roman city Leptis Magna Reviews

tj1777 tj1777
369 reviews
Jan 04, 2008
If you should drop down Tripoli for just a day this is the place to go. Not that you will be that likely to actually just drop by with the current visa situation - but if you are in oil or something and will be in Tripoli on business and got just a day to spare go to Leptis Magna. The ancient Roman city is just over one hours drive outside Tripoli hence it is an easy day trip from Tripoli - you just have to make sure you got the necessary paperwork done before hand so you can make the trip. Hence you better contact a local Libyan tourist agency before hand or have a few days in Tripoli to get it all organized.

Along the coast of the Mediterranean you will find several ancient cities. But only a few will be as well preserved and so little visited as Leptis Magna. In its heyday it was one of the most important cities in the entire Roman imperia only second to Rome itself. With a Septimus as a local boy from Leptis Magna the Emperor of Rome the attention got to the city and it grew to greatness. There is all you would expect from a Roman city with an amphitheatre, a theatre, forum and market and of course several temples. The city is actually so big that you will only be able to see half of it in a day - if you want it all you need two days. But one day will be enough to see all the main sights.

The city was off limits to the locals for centuries because of the statues which were believe to be hosting some infidel's religion hence a faithful Muslim would not go there. Therefore the city survived for several centuries unharmed only when Europeans came along they started to ship out lots of treasures in the form of pillars and statues to European museums and cathedrals. Lot of buildings and pillars still remain making this city one of the best Roman sights in the world.
The amphitheatre
The arch of Septimus Severus
The Hadrian bath
The market in the town
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wandafromtexas says:
I got lucky and went there with CS friends (of course, guys---no females there!) right before Ghadaffi's fall. Was amazing!
Posted on: Nov 04, 2013
tj1777 says:
Its the opposit - they have had so few tourist. So they dont know how to take advantage of tourist. Instead they have kept that original Arab hospitality.
Posted on: Mar 11, 2010
Africancrab says:
It is a shame indeed. But remember it was under International sanctions for so long, I bet they lost the touch of hospitality then, lol! just kidding. The Arabs are generally hospitable people from my experiences. But when you cross them then it is war.
Posted on: Mar 11, 2010
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