Roman ruins and the hottest place on earth

Sabratah Travel Blog

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First look from outside of the impressive theatre

In the morning we leave Tripoli to go to Sabratha one of the three old cities of the ancient settlements from Phoenicians days. Back then it was just as important as Oea - present days Tripoli. But as time pass on the influence of Sabratha diminished and an earthquake destroyed parts of the city. Other parts ended up in different European museums but despite all this a lot still remain to be seen in the old city of Sabratha.

 

It is a really nice sunny day in Libya and the temperature is perfect compared with the conditions back in Copenhagen so just being able to walk along the coastline is a pleasure.

A bit closer at this one
The fact we actually got a pretty good and informative guide is only and additional advantage.

 

Around in the town are a lot of nice mosaics among the remains of some ancient basilicas. But the main attraction of the city is the giant theatre. It used to be a ruin but when the Italian dictator Mussolini came to visit thing started to go fast - and they rebuild the theatre in a rush. It is the most impressive of the buildings around. In the old days it could seat 5000 people but today it is only partly rebuild hence it can only seat 1500 - and it is still in use from time to time.

 

After a take away lunch in front of the old city at a not so charming parking lot we start moving south. The road brings us through Azizia - the hottest place on earth. The record temperature in this little town is 58 Celsius or 136 Fahrenheit which makes Death Valley seem like a place to hang around to avoid the heat - after all the record temperature in Death Valley is a measly 134 Fahrenheit. But the record temperatures is found in the summer time not in late December we shall be thankful for a temperature a bit over 20 Celsius. The night is spend in a old style hotel in Libya - one of the sort you thought we had all left in the 70s - but it is still in use today in Libya - well all we really need is a bed to sleep in - and a bar but that is a bit more of a problem around this town the strongest they are serving is tea.

Koralifix says:
Nice story & pretty cool pictures :)
Posted on: Mar 09, 2009
finchley says:
very cool
Posted on: Feb 03, 2008
mellemel8 says:
this is beautiful. i love roman ruins.
Posted on: Jan 16, 2008
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First look from outside of the imp…
First look from outside of the im…
A bit closer at this one
A bit closer at this one
I liked this colum - here a close …
I liked this colum - here a close…
Some of the mosaics around town.
Some of the mosaics around town.
A bit of nature - I havent seen f…
A bit of nature - I haven't seen …
A single grey granit colum from th…
A single grey granit colum from t…
A close look at the handiwork
A close look at the handiwork
Top of colum - now at the ground
Top of colum - now at the ground
Looking up at one of the colums
Looking up at one of the colums
Headless statue
Headless statue
A look at the theatre from the ent…
A look at the theatre from the en…
Looking towards the see - with the…
Looking towards the see - with th…
The most famous colum of Sabratha …
The most famous colum of Sabratha…
And closer yet again
And closer yet again
The lions at the top
The lions at the top
Lion in profile
Lion in profile
One arch in the basillica
One arch in the basillica
The arch again
The arch again
The toilets in ancient Rome - you …
The toilets in ancient Rome - you…
Do I really need my privacy going …
Do I really need my privacy going…
A sun terace in the old days - you…
A sun terace in the old days - yo…
The sunterace
The sunterace
The sunterace
The sunterace
The sunterace
The sunterace
The sunterace
The sunterace
The sunterace
The sunterace
First photo from within the theatre
First photo from within the theatre
The handiwork in front of the stage
The handiwork in front of the stage
The handiwork in front of the stage
The handiwork in front of the stage
The handiwork in front of the stage
The handiwork in front of the stage
The handiwork in front of the stage
The handiwork in front of the stage
The handiwork in front of the stage
The handiwork in front of the stage
The stage of the theatre
The stage of the theatre
Some of the seats in the theatre
Some of the seats in the theatre
The view from the top of the seat …
The view from the top of the seat…
Another shot of the view
Another shot of the view
All of the stage this time around.
All of the stage this time around.
And a few more seats as well.
And a few more seats as well.
The theatre
The theatre
The most impressive temple down at…
The most impressive temple down a…
The temple at the beach
The temple at the beach
The temple at the beach
The temple at the beach
The temple at the beach
The temple at the beach
The temple at the beach
The temple at the beach
Looking at the theatre from the ou…
Looking at the theatre from the o…
Ready to go out of the ancient cit…
Ready to go out of the ancient ci…
The landscape is getting ever drye…
The landscape is getting ever dry…
Now a few camels needs a bit of gr…
Now a few camels needs a bit of g…
The same group of camels along the…
The same group of camels along th…
The last of this group of camels.
The last of this group of camels.
A small canyon next to the road
A small canyon next to the road
Sabratah
photo by: tj1777