World Heritage Sites of Libya

Libya has observed the fall and rise of numerous sophisticated and brilliant heritages on its vast territories. Looking back from prehistory to renowned Islamic heritage, five sites of Libya have been added in the World Heritage List during the years of 1982 and 1986. This gives the demonstration that Libyan Arab Jamahiriya has a civilization whose immeasurable value is associated to all humankind. Three cities, Sabratha, Leptis Magna and Cyrene, are witnesses to the luxurious life that thrived in the country during Roman, Byzantime, Greek and Punic eras. The sites of Cyrene and Leptis Magna are catching the attention of several archaeologists from the UK, Italy and France.

Major Historical Sites of Libya


Cyrene, a metropolis precipitous in legends and history for many years, is renowned as one of the most complicated archaeological destinations of the entire Mediterranean region. Just like other Greek metropolises of Libya, it showcases a brilliant illustration of prosperity of the African and Mediterranean world. The site of Cyrene comprises some outstanding relics from the Roman time period. Some of the most popular historical sites in Cyrene are the Temple of Apollo and Sanctuary, including fountains, porticos and temples, Greek theatre, the temple of the Greek god Dionysus, the Greek Doric Temple, funeral monuments and lot more.

Tadrart Acacus

Tadrart Acacus is basically a mountainous region located in the eastern region of Ghat city, on Libya’s southwest border. Murzuch desert is also included in this site and contains some traces of different stages of Paleolithic epoch. In this mountain series, several cave paintings and carvings of different attractive styles are smashed throughout all valleys showcasing the tremendous history of various tribes who lived here for longer times in prehistory. The cave arts, found in the Fezzan region of Libya, illustrate the climatic changes caused from the plodding intrusion of the desert. Other arts that deserve the visiting of tourists are rock art paintings, polychromatic depiction of human figures and bovine animals, monochromatic paintings and representations of carts and horses.


This historical site is located 60 km to the east of Tripoli. In previous times, it was a regional metropolis with a country rule, connecting Africa with the Gulf of Sirte through caravan routes of Ghadames. During the 2nd and 3rd centuries, when Sabratha celebrated the highest level of its prosperity, some incredible and remarkably beautiful monuments were built up. The visitors shall be stunned to see its exceptionally beautiful theater with its white and pink marble of low reliefs facing the sea. During recent excavation work, two museums have been also found at the site as statues for Phoenician relics and Roman Era, mosaics from the Byzantine time period.


Ghadames is taken as a brilliant instance of a conventional populace settlement that is depictive of culture and has become susceptible under the blow of irreparable changes. The old city of Ghadames is basically circular in shape and comprises lots of houses. The houses that are on the outside, guard the metropolis through their external walls.

Leptis Magna – read more about this site

Leptis Magna is a renowned tourist destination of Libya that is home to a number of cultural sites and ancient ruins.

So visit these cultural sites of Libya and get a brief demonstration of the historical times of Libya.

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