Leptis Magna was enlarged and embellished by Septimius Severus, who was born there and later became emperor. It was one of ... More
Archaeological Site of Leptis Magna
Leptis Magna was enlarged and embellished by Septimius Severus, who was born there and later became emperor. It was one of the most beautiful cities of the Roman Empire, with its imposing public monuments, harbour, market-place, storehouses, shops and residential districts.
One of the most spectacular places we've ever been. The ruins are tremendous. The colors and the details of the carvings were breathtaking. It easily surpasses much more famous sites like Pompei. The size, beauty and detail of this site are overwhelming. The people were extremely helpful and friendly also. If you are a fan of archeology, make an effort to get to Leptis Magna.
The most extensive ruins I've ever seen --they go on and on! There is so much beauty, so many details to see. Recommend you spend 1 1/2 days in the ruins (don't forget the amphitheater, which must be driven to), and another half-day in the museum next door (walking distance to the ruins), full of the most gorgeous statuary.
This is the most strenuous day of sightseeing I've ever had, and it is NOT ready for tourists, but worth all the discomfort! There's a very confusing procedure to buy permits for cameras (one line for changing euros into Libyan money, necessary for those getting off a ship; another line to buy the permits; none of it marked in a Western language or with icons). Chaotic. The only toilets were at the entrance. No trash cans.
However, our guide was well educated, knowledgeable and spoke English beautifully. Definitely worth the inconvenience to see this beautiful sight!
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