Visiting Sabratha in Libya

Sabratha is one of the most fascinating cities to visit in Libya, located in the north this city is an archaeological site and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This well-preserved city was founded around 500BC and was a Phoenician trading post and Roman port with plenty of spectacular ruins for you to experience and explore, soaking up some of Libya’s interesting past.

The Theater

The Theater of Sabratha is spectacular and well-preserved with many of the walls still standing. From the magnificent columns to the amazing carvings, you will be in awe of this beautiful masterpiece. Believed to have been built around 175AD, the theater was rebuilt in the 1920’s. This theater could seat 5,000 spectators as actors performed on the forty three meter stage.

The Amphitheater

You can find the amphitheater on the outskirts of Sabratha, this building was built in the second century BC and could seat up to 10,000 spectators who would all flock to see the famous gladiators.

Other Great Sights

The Temple of Isis is one of the most spectacular sights you will see in Sabratha, the tall pillars still stand today as this once great temple sits on a cliff overlooking the crashing waves of the ocean.

The Baths will give you a true insight into how people lived back them with many of the sandstone walls and marble columns still standing today. The statues and mosaics are what makes the baths such a top attraction in this once vibrant city.

Head to the Sabratha Museum where you can see a selection of preserved mosaics, statues and paintings dating back to when the city was a busy port. Just walking around Sabratha enables you to really take a step back in time, with so many well-preserved buildings such as the Basilica of Justinian, a sixth century church, you are really able to put yourself in the residents shoes and see how they lived all those years ago.

On your next tour to Libya, you will want to check out Sabratha?

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