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“Visit before going to Leptis”
Review of Roman Sabratha

Roman Sabratha
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Sabratha is not as big nor as impressive as Leptis but still worth the visit especially as the theatre is in a better state that that in Leptis. As you walk through the doors you can see the theatre on your right, the sun shinning on it and showing itself off in all its glory.

There is a Punic structure, the Mausoleum of bes, which still stands. Also there are several arches which make an ideal place to take a photo. Near the forum there is also a temple in which the steps are still intact, allowing one to climb up and get a better view and imagine what it must have looked like back in the day.

If you like mosaics then take time to look at where you step - this place is full of stunning mosaics in incredibly well kept conditions.

The museum was not open when I visited but I have heard from others who have been that it is worth the visit

Toilets here are in a terrible state so I recommend going before leaving on your trip.

6  Thank Luisa R
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

Fantastic Ruins, a whole town to explore in amazing condition. The best I have ever seen.

Hopefully they will keep looking after it, atthe moment anyone can wander in, with no security but I think The Libyans are rightly proud of this site so no one would vandalise it on purpose.

1  Thank MytholmroydDavid
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

A very enjoyable morning walking among the ruins (and reconstructed facades), the site is perfectly nestled overlooking the shoreline. The theatre area is the primary attraction, and gives a very good sense of what the area was like when built. It's worth walking down to the sea to see some of the smaller ruins and mosaics in the ground.

It was of course free of other tourists when we visited, and there was no staff on site to collect an entrance fee. If you have the chance, I would recommend that you visit this site before Lepcis Magna - Sabrtha is a fantastic site to visit, but will seem rather small if you visit it after Lepcis.

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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 ...

1  Thank kimmeladam
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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.

2  Thank sabu826
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