Leptis Magna is one of the most visited sites in the whole of Libya. Located about eighty kilometers east of Tripoli, you can take a day trip to visit this once very prominent Roman city.
Leptis Magna is home to some of the most well-preserved Roman ruins in the whole of northern Africa and is a must for anyone who is visiting the area.
A city surrounded by water on the one side and land on the other, Leptis Magna, also known at Lectis Magna offers a choice of heritage sites for you to visit.
What to See
Leptis Magna is set on the water with a host of spectacular ruins to explore, you get a chance
to step back in time and imagine what it must have been like living there all those centuries ago.
Be sure to see the Severan Arch, an arch filled with spectacular artwork with carvings that are simply breath-taking.
The Nymphaeum, a fountain to the east of the plaza is complete with arches and marble columns. The basilica is believed to have been built in 209 and is surrounded by tall columns.
There is the theatre which is believed to be the oldest theatre in Roman Africa. Set on a hill with a choice of tunnels and an alter which still stands in place.
The Hadrianic Baths are beautiful, while they are mostly in ruin, it gives you an idea on how big the area was. Wander around the marketplace, be sure to stop at the Forum and see the Arch of Trajan before you head back to Tripoli.
Leptis Magna has managed to keep the ruins so well preserved that thousands of people flock to the area each year, it is an opportunity you should take advantage of when holidaying in Libya.