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Tripolitania

Leptis Magna and Sabratha were the other two key Roman cities (along with Oea) that gave both the capital and its province Tripolitania their names. Sabratha was settled by the Phoenicians in the 4th century BC, but reached its pinnacle during the heyday of Roman colonization. Covered by the wind-blown sands of the region, it was only rediscovered by archaeologists about a hundred years ago. Its most significant monument is the theatre, the largest in Roman Africa and the jewel in Sabratha's splendid crown. Leptis, Libya's most famous classical attraction was arguably the most important Roman city in North Africa and the Middle East. Today it is one of the most spectacular ancient sites on the Mediterranean. It includes the magnificent triumphal Arch of Septimus Severus built to glorify Libya's home-grown Roman Emperor, and the stupendous open-air Severan Forum, the core of Septimus Severus's daring transformation of Leptis in the early third century. This expansive rubble strewn space surrounded by high walls and colonnades is one of those stunning sights that will imprint itself for ever on your mind.
Byzantine mosaic from Justinian's Basilica
Byzantine mosaic from Justinian's Basilica
Museum courtyard
Museum courtyard
Roman mosaic
Roman mosaic
Roman bust, Museum
Roman bust, Museum
Marble carving, Museum
Marble carving, Museum
Fragments of Roman painting
Fragments of Roman painting
Fragments of Roman painting
Fragments of Roman painting
View from the Roman cardo
View from the Roman cardo
Basilica of Justinian
Basilica of Justinian
Statue of Flavius Tullus
Statue of Flavius Tullus
The Curia
The Curia
The public latrines
The public latrines
The Theatre facade
The Theatre facade
Corinthian columns, Theatre
Corinthian columns, Theatre
Facade and seating
Facade and seating
Phoenician Mausoleum B
Phoenician Mausoleum B
Detail of Mausoleum B
Detail of Mausoleum B
Arch of Septimus Severus
Arch of Septimus Severus
Arch of Septimus Severus
Arch of Septimus Severus
Hadrianic Baths
Hadrianic Baths
Hadrianic Baths
Hadrianic Baths
Marble steps, Hadrianic Baths
Marble steps, Hadrianic Baths
Temple of Nymphs
Temple of Nymphs
Severan Forum
Severan Forum
Severan Forum
Severan Forum
Severan Forum
Severan Forum
Severan Basilica
Severan Basilica
Severan Basilica
Severan Basilica
Inscription, Severan Basilica
Inscription, Severan Basilica
The Market
The Market
Marble dolphins, The Market
Marble dolphins, The Market
The Market
The Market
Theatre entrance
Theatre entrance
Theatre stage and arches
Theatre stage and arches
Theatre seating
Theatre seating
Ampitheatre
Ampitheatre
Mosaic courtyard of Villa Sileen
Mosaic courtyard of Villa Sileen
Mosaic at the villa
Mosaic at the villa
Villa Sileen bath house
Villa Sileen bath house