Leptis Magna


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Lep·tis Mag·na

 (lĕp′tĭs măg′nə)
An ancient city of northern Africa in present-day Libya east of Tripoli. Founded by Phoenicians, it flourished as a port during Roman times and is today noted for its impressive ruins.
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In 1942, Wheeler rerouted traffic, posted guards and photographed Leptis Magna, an ancient Roman ruin in battle-ravaged Libya.
Historical landmarks will include replicas of Abu Simbel temple and pyramids -- Egypt, Timgad -- Morocco, Great Wall of China, Leptis Magna -- Libya, Kingdom of Kerma -- Sudan, Aztec Temple -- Mexico, Roman Colosseum -- Rome, Acropolis of Athens -- Greece, Stonehenge -- England and Petra -- Jordan.
The subject is the Roman Libyan city of Leptis Magna.
Hubs of trade and scholarship in Libya -- including the municipalities of Leptis Magna, Sabratha and Oea that formed the three-city zone, or
Sabratha is noted for the layout of its Roman city with temples, a toilet seating about sixty people and a theatre with a good stage and carved stage buildings on three levels, but it was Leptis Magna, one of the major Roman cities, which was the most spectacular.
It is home to many historic and archaeological sites including five UNESCO world heritage sites at the Roman Empire outpost Leptis Magna and the Greek Hellenic city of Cyrene.
Several operators, including Exodus, Intrepid, Abercrombie and Kent and Responsible Travel have previously offered trips to Libya, usually including a sightseeing tour of Tripoli and a visit to Leptis Magna.
We spent many hours with our Libyan consultants, who provided us with the opportunity to see much of Tripoli and its surrounding areas, including the ancient Roman city of Leptis Magna, which lies just outside of Tripoli.
High on the list are some of the most spectacular Roman ruins to be found anywhere in the Mediterranean basin, the most prominent of which are at Leptis Magna, some 80 miles east of Tripoli.
Conquered by most of the civilizations that held sway over the Mediterranean, Libya has a rich legacy that includes five sites on UNESCO's World Heritage List, such as the Roman ruins of Leptis Magna and the ancient Phoenician trading post of Sabratha.
One company, Sherwes Travel, already advertises a three-day, 295-euro tour of "post-war Libya" on its website, featuring visits to sites in Tripoli and to the Roman ruins of Leptis Magna.
The LFIC was also using its international experience to promote other projects in Libya, including a chain of six tourist hotels across the country - notably in Tripoli, Sabha and Ghadames, one each near the ancient Roman cities of Leptis Magna and Subratha and one near the ancient Greek city of Cyrene.