Last updated: 8 February 2018
Libya on the north coast of Africa between Egypt and Algeria has a treasure trove of historical riches. Occupied at various stages of its history by Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Arabs and Turks the country boasts some splendid relics of its past.

Here tourists can see parts of the Phoenician port city, Sabratha, built in 500BC. In Leptis Magna, an ancient Roman theater and baths still stand in the remains of the city and in Cyrene built in 630BC find the ruins of temples to Greek gods.

The capital city, Tripoli, on the Mediterranean Sea has a wealth of great architecture both old and new. Contemporary skyscrapers stand alongside buildings like the Ottoman-built Red Castle and a number of splendid old Mosques, the walls of which are magnificently adorned.


Sadly, civil unrest has made it dangerous to travel to this part of the world so for now some of the best Greek and Roman archaeological treasures remain closed to tourism.

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