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“nice! nice! nice!”
Review of Roman Sabratha

Tripoli, Libya
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“nice! nice! nice!”
Reviewed April 14, 2012

i enjoyed with my friends when i visited it , safe .. healthy area .. clear air .. .. location for friends , family . .... enjoy your time with sabratha ...

Visited November 2011
1 Thank kimmeladam
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed February 27, 2012

An amazing experience! Located west of Tripoli, be warned that this short trip will likely take a couple of hours due to the insanely horrible driving you're destined to find here. Don't be scared, just close your eyes and hold on. Explored Sabratha with my husband and his family, who had been there many times (they're from the area). It was quite obviously boring to them, but thrilling to me. It's almost like an adult's playground...you can climb over anything and everything! Very little is labeled here, so don't expect to know what's going on, ever, unless you have a guide (and they probably will just be making stuff up!) Much of Sabratha was ruined in 365 by an earthquake, then Byzantines rebuilt it from the original materials (to their own specifications, of course)...following that, the area was abandoned for centuries and forgotten, until the Italians made an attempt to rebuild the area (Mussolini: "The Romans are back!" Not quite, pal.) The theater is beautiful, but most of it is not original material. Also, much of the work the Italians did pre-WWII was not based on fact, and more like constructing a lego village...this block looks like it goes here, this one looks like it goes here...etc. Nonetheless, GREAT experience and beautiful location (right on the Mediterranean, as pretty much everything you will do in Libya is). At the time I went, Qadaffi was still in power and the entire area was still pretty depressed. Can't wait to go back and see how things are under the new government! Museum on-site contained nice pieces, but again, nothing was labeled. Mosaics EVERYWHERE, both in the museum and out in the ruins. One final good thing...I was only charged the locals rate to get in, which was something like $3 instead of the visitors $10, because my spouse is Libyan. Very nice, welcoming people! Didn't notice food/drink stands (but that's not to say they weren't there). Also didn't see any restrooms (but that's no big shock, public restrooms are pretty rare in this area. Oh, and bring your own toilet paper.) Expect lots of walking, and no wheelchair access. When I was there under the old government, the police could (and would) check your bags...we were not allowed bags because there was a visiting diplomat from one of the interior African countries. Shortly after we left the museum, it was closed for his/her visit, so security was seriously beefed up.

Visited March 2011
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“The Roman Ruins of Sabratha are Spectacular!”
Reviewed January 24, 2012

I had the opportunity to visit the Roman Ruins of Sabratha not too long ago, and it was spectacular!! Despite all that has gone on in Libya this past year, the ruins seems to be untouched and were an incredible sight to see. They are located just to the west of Tripoli on the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea. The sun was out and shining brightly on the ruins with the backdrop of the Sea in the background...it was a sight to behold. We viewed the museum first and were then free to wander through the ruins themselves. Sabratha is definitely a must see should you come to Libya!

Visited November 2011
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Belgrade, Serbia
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“Time machine”
Reviewed September 16, 2011

I have visited Sabratha twice. It was first time in December 2010 and after that on February 2011. Sabratha is old Roman city with interesting history. In that place located one of the first official christian cathedral in Roman impery after legalization of christianity. Also, exists beautiful baptize font, theatre, temples, punic tomb and arena. Note: Arena located outside of reconstructed area. City is very realistic and quiet. One day isn't enough for complete visiting. If you plan to visit this city then you must see museum. Inside exists very good reconstruction of christian cathedral.
Near of ruins is very good restaurant.

Visited February 2011
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Reviewed June 15, 2010

The golden stone and the blue sea and sky make this a beautiful place to visit, It was also much less crowded than Leptus Magna. The theatre which was reconstructed by the Italians when Lybia was an Italian colony is very impressive. Its design is the same as the Dome in London, with a central amphitheatre surrounded by shops.

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