UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Libya
There are five UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Libya, two of which are ancient Roman cities, one is an ancient Greek colony, another is a stunning oasis town and the fifth is set in the mountains with spectacular rock art dating back centuries ago.
While Libya offers the tourist pristine beaches, a wonderful warm climate and beautiful natural landscapes, the UNESCO World Heritage Sites give you a glimpse into the areas past, let’s you step back in time and soak up some of the history and culture of this wonderful country.
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Sabratha became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 and lies on the Mediterranean Coast just west of Tripoli. This was a Phoenician trading post before being rebuilt by the Romans in the third century. Today you can still see the well-preserved ruins of the theater, basilica, baths and there is also a museum filled with artifacts from the area.
Leptis Magna is one of the top tourist destinations in Libya, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was a prominent Roman city and has some of the best preserved Roman ruins available. Also set on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea this city gives you a glimpse into the past with the theater, market, basilica and forum. You can wander around the site and get a true feeling of what it must have been like living there all those centuries ago.
Cyrene was an ancient Greek colony which was later rebuilt by the Romans. This archaeological site lets you explore the Temple of Apollo which dates back to the seventh century BC, the necropolis and the selection of well-preserved temples.
Ghadames is an oasis town close to the Algeria and Tunisian borders in southern Libya. The old town is the UNESCO World Heritage Site which is surrounded by a city wall with beautifully preserved buildings for you to experience when in the area.
Tadrart Acacus is a mountain range in the desert of Ghat in Libya and is a popular tourist destination and UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the spectacular rock art which dates back to approximately 12,000 BC.