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- Leptis Magna
- Alt Name:
- Lepcis Magna
- Ancient Rome
- 200BC - 101BC
- Septimius Severus
- Arch of Marcus Aurelius, Arch of Septimius Severus,
Leptis Magna history
Leptis Magna (Lepcis Magna) is an incredibly well preserved archaeological site in Tripoli, Libya. Originally founded by the Phoenicians as the port of Lpgy in the first millennium BC, Leptis Magna later became part of the Carthaginian Empire and was then incorporated into the Roman Empire in 46 BC.
Most of the remaining structures now found at the site of Leptis Magna are indeed Roman and originate from the reign of Septimius Severus. Emperor of Rome from 193 AD, Severus was born in Leptis Magna and, as such, he invested heavily in developing his home city, transforming it into one of the most important of Africa’s Roman cities. Leptis Magna became a beautiful place and a marvel of Severan planning.
Among the many remains found in Severus' home city, the marketplace, Severan Basilica, the Forum, the Amphitheatre and the Severan Arch represent some of the best preserved Roman sites in the Mediterranean. These sites remain visible at the site despite the various invasions that befell Leptis Magna from the fourth century onwards, finally falling to the Hilalians in the eleventh century. Today, Leptis Magna is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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Address: Leptis Magna, Al Khums, Tripoli, Libya
Phone: Contact local tourist office
Directions to Leptis Magna:
Several tour operators offer trips to Leptis Magna.
Leptis Magna opening times and ticket prices:
Tour prices vary although actual admission to Leptis Magna is free.
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