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Leptis Magna

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Address: Al Khums, Libya
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Activities: Dig (archeology)
Description: One of the best preserved Roman cities is situated on the Mediterranean...
One of the best preserved Roman cities is situated on the Mediterranean Sea.
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Stunning History, Sad Current Situation

This is by far the most phenomenal and unforgettable set of Roman ruins I have ever visited. Due to Roman Emperor Septimius Severus's North African birth, during his reign the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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Wooster, Ohio
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Wooster, Ohio
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is by far the most phenomenal and unforgettable set of Roman ruins I have ever visited. Due to Roman Emperor Septimius Severus's North African birth, during his reign the area now within modern Libya received a boon of building and development in its Roman cities. The geopolitical situation makes this site inadvisable for a westerner to visit currently, but... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We visited this amazing ruined city. in October 2010 it will take a whole day to explore properly an you will need a guide to appreciate the vast amount of ruins,there are streets ,alleys,shops, bathhouses,communal toilets ,theaters and an amazing view of the sea.Out side in the coach park there were a few cafes selling food and drink and we... More 

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Kingston, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The visiting date is incorrect, but I had to choose one. We visited this awesome Roman ruin many years back when Gaddafi was still running the show (much better than now, by the way). Travel restrictions in place at the time had been lifted when the boss renounced intentions to pursue A-weapons, and tourists were welcome. We joined a small... More 

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the hague, netherlands
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I worked and lived in Libya as a single woman (!) from 1971-1973, as an oil company secretary. The first time I went there with a couple of other girls (we'd just bought a Fiat Siecento!) the whole place was completely open. No gates, guards, fences, entry fee - entirely natural, and nobody there. It was in disarray - nobody... More 

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

It is hard to find the words to describe how amazing it was to walk through the streets and to see the well-preserved buildings of this city. Despite various episodes of "theft" over the years - there is still loads to see. The atmosphere is incredible. Make sure to visit the nearby coliseum.

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seashell1601
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8 reviews 8 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I've visited Tripoli, Libya twice since 2012. During 2013, we had the opportunity to visit Leptis Magna. It is absolutely breathtaking. I've visited many ruins all over the world, but Leptis Magna ranks as one of the best. With the Med Sea as the backdrop, you could spend hours wandering around. Many untouched, actual structures have survived. With the security... More 

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Kalmar, Sweden
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I had the opportunity to visit Al Khoums and Leptis magna and it was stunning! Surprisingly calm the city of Khoms greeted us with some beautiful beaches, a pretty little fishing village and most surprisingly, hidden among the sand dunes a 2000 years old Roman amfi teatre carved out of the sand stone. All Libyans we met all told us... More 

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Tripoli, Libya
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

On arrival in Tripoli, Libya's capital city. The general air, was that of a typical Mediterranean atmosphere. People were happily bustling along with their everyday routines and business/social practices. While staying with friends, I visited the general places of interest within the city, the most renowned being Green square, a location frequented en-mass on occasions of national celebration etc. Green... More 

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

So lucky in that we literally had the place to ourselves One can only marvel at what it would have been like in it's heyday. Wonderful photo opportunities, particularly with the sea as a backdrop. A vast and important site and definite 'must see'.

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London, United Kingdom
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Having seen Roman ruins in other countries and having heard the hype about this one, thought it would be worth while popping in as I was in the area. For such an iconic place, the Ministry of Tourism really need to sort this place out. Everything from signage, the state of the car parks, the facilities are poor, no decent... More 

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