When thinking of ruins or archaeological sites dating from the Roman Empire, it's not a surprise if you won't believe that there is one in Libya. However, believe it or not, there is one in this African country.
Yes, you read it right. While Libya has made headlines in the past couple of years because of war, it is home to some of the finest remains of the Roman period. It was even designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982.
What exactly are we talking about? Well, it's none other than Leptis Magna
Leptis Magna Basic Facts
Also known as Lepcis Magna, Leptis Magna is located in what is now the city of Khoms (otherwise known as Al-Khums). The city was established before 500 BC and experienced great growth under Roman Emperor Septimius Severus. While it experienced prosperity, Leptis Magna also saw multiple raids, which contributed to its decline.
It was eventually abandoned and was preserved when it ended up being buried underneath layer up layer of sand dunes. The city was unearthed in the 1920s by archaeologists.
Today, it is one of the most impressive ruins of the Roman era in the whole world.
Since Leptis Magna has been well-preserved, there are different structures that can be marveled at by travelers. One of which is an ampitheatre, which is pictured below.
There is also what is known as the Severan Forum, which is a walled structure that "consisted of tall arcaded porticos on three sides, housing shops and cauponas, with a massive temple to the Severan family on its fourth side."
The Arch of Septimus Severus is also still seen today.
Below are ruins of an indoor pool and the main courtyard that can be found in Leptis Magna.
The ruins of the market can likewise be found among the ruins.