Leptis Magna Travel Guide

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Leptis Magna Things to Do

  • Cardo Maximus

    The Cardo Maximus is the main north-south highway through Leptis Magna. It connected the coast to the interior villas and farms, which supplied the grain, olive oil and wine to the city and for export to Rome. Along it now you find the main entrance gate to the site, the Arch of Septimius Severus, the Arch of Trajan, the Arch of Tiberius, the...

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  • Severan Basilica

    The Severan Basilica is 92 metres long, and 40 metres wide. It was built as a judicial basilica, and it has two apses at either end.It was converted into a church by the command of Byzantine emperor, Justinian 1.(6th century)First impression entering the basilica : a mess of stones and pillars. But the local guide explainded a lot of things and...

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  • Nymfaeum

    A nymfaeum was a Roman temple consecrated to water nymphs, and added during the reign of Septimius Severus. It once had a superb facade of red granite, and niches filled with marble statues, but most of it was destroyed by a flood.This one stands near to the Wadi Lebda and, like most nymfaeum, originally built around a natural spring.Next to the...

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  • Many arches in Leptis Magna

    Among the many sites at Leptis Magna you will find many arches, like the Severan Arch, the Palaestra or Sports Ground, the Nymphaeum, the Hadrianic Baths, the Colonnaded Street, the Severan Forum, the Severan Basilica, the theater, the harbour, the Circus, the Temple of Liber Pater, the Temple of Rome and Augustus, the Arch of Trajan, the Arch of...

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  • Leptis magna

    The site of Leptis Magna is the site of the most impressive ruins of the Roman period.Leptis Magna, also known as Lectis Magna (or Lepcis Magna as it is sometimes spelled), also called Lpqy or Neapolis, was a prominent city of the Roman Empire.The first three pictures are showing the Arch of Septimius Severus, at the end a look at the Arch of...

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  • Severan Forum

    The head of Medusa and Nereid surround the entire Severan Forum. Medusa means "sovereign female wisdom," in Sanskrit it's Medha, Greek Metis, Egyptian Met or Maat.

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  • Severan Basilica

    Emperor Lucius Septimius Severus, born in Leptis in 146, favoured his birthplace with the construction of magnificent public buildings of which a great forum , a huge basilica and a 12 km underground aqueduct. All this in the late 2nd century,

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  • Leptis Magna - Theater

    The theater in Leptis Magna is a typical Augustian age theater, built in AD 1-2, and subsequently renovated. The scaenae fronts (back scene) of the theatre is well preserved. There was another group of dutch visitors. Three of them were singing the "Klokke Roeland song" , without microphone, just perfect.

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  • Hadrianic Bath

    The Hadrianic Baths are impressive, once you can imagine how it was constructed to get steamy water. One of the pools, measuring 28 times 15 metre, remains intact. This bath house was one of the largest that ever was built outside Rome itself.

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  • Byzantine Gate

    The Byzantine Gate is at the north-eastern end of the Cardo Maximus, just before the Old Forum.

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  • Arch of Trajan

    The Arch of Trajan is one of several triumphal arches on the Cardo Maximus. It was built of limestone between 109 and 110 BC.

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  • Forico

    Adjacent to the swimming pool in the Hadrianic Baths were the Forico or public toilets. These were indeed very public toilets where people sat together, in a row, on a long marble seat above a channel of moving water. Presumably, they chatted and perhaps also read, while they sat there.There was a long trough of water in front of the seats, where...

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  • Palaestra

    The Palaestra is sometimes also known as the Gymnasium, but it was actually an oudoor sports ground, where the citizens of Leptis Magna exercised before entering the Hadrianic Baths. We can deduce from mosaics found at other Roman palaestrae that sports here would have included ball games, running, weightlifting and wrestling. There were also...

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  • Amphitheatre

    Leptis Magna's amphitheatre was built between 54 and 68 AD, during the reign of Emperor Nero. It had a capacity of 16,000. Whereas the theatre, where plays for the educated citizens were performed, was close to the city centre, the amphitheatre, where gladiators and wild animals were killed for the entertainment of the masses, was built 2km out of...

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  • Old Forum

    The Old Forum, at the coastal end of the Cardo Maximus, was the original city centre, dating back to the 7th century BC, although most of what remains today was built in 2 AD. It is, like the newer Severan Forum, which replaced it, a large paved square, surrounded by public buildings, including the Civil Basilica, Curia or Senate House and the...

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  • Severan Basilica

    Possibly the grandest of all the buildings in Leptis Magna is the Severan Basilica. It measures 90m by 40m and had a wooden roof over 30 m high. This was supported by the pink granite colonnades which flank the inner walls of the basilica. The whole structure resembles a vast cathedral, which it later became, but its original function was to be the...

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  • Severan Forum

    The new Forum, built in the 2nd century AD during the reign of Septimius Severus, measures 100m by 60 m, that is a similar area to a football pitch. The floor was completely covered with marble. It was surrounded by colonnnaded porticoes, with arches above them. Looking in at the Forum, from between the arches, there were hundreds of marble heads...

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  • Theatre

    The Roman theatre at Leptis Magna is one of the oldest stone theatres in the world. It was built of limestone blocks in 1-2 AD and the columns at the back of the stage were added in 144 AD. The pulpitium or stage was decorated with statues and sculptures of gods and emperors. Only two of these remain: one of Hercules and one of Liber Pater. An...

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  • Market

    The market is one of the most fascinating parts of Leptis Magna, because many of the original structures, including serving counters and measuring blocks, remain. The most significant of these structures are two octagonal tholoi or serving kiosks. Each one is 20 m in diameter and surrounded by serving hatches from which goods were sold. One of...

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  • Nymphaeum

    The Nymphaeum at Leptis Magna is one of the best-preserved I have seen. Built in the early 3rd cenury AD, it stands two stories high and is decorated with pink granite and cipolin columns. A nymphaeum was a Roman temple consecrated to water nymphs. The building was designed to replicate a water-filled grotto, the habitat of the water nymphs. It was...

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  • Hadrianic Baths

    The building of this impressive Roman bath complex was commissioned by Emperor Hadrian in 126 AD. Some archaeologists believe they opened the following year, but the complex was developed over decades. The arrival of both running water and marble in the early 2nd century AD meant that this complex of buildings could be the first in Leptis Magna to...

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  • Arch of Septimius Severus

    The Triumphal Arch of Septimius Severus is the first monument you see when you enter Leptis Magna and that is as it should be, because the arch was built in 203 AD to greet the return of the greatest son of the city, the man who had been Emperor of the Roman Empire since 193 AD and the man responsible for turning his hometown into one of the...

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  • Temple to Augustus and Tiberius

    The temple behind the stage at the Theatre is that to the deified emperors Augustus and Tiberius. Romans used to deify their emperors, in other words, turn them into gods.

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  • Theatre

    This is the oldest stone theatre anywhere in the Roman world, and is second in size in Africa only the one at Sabratha (see my Sabratah pages).The construction of the theatre started in year 1 AD on the site of a 5th century BC Punci necropolis. The stage would have been adorned with hundreds of statues and sculpures, such as portraits of gods and...

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  • Tiberius Arch

    The Arch of Tiberius dates from the 1st century AD.Tiberius was born on 16th November 42 BC, and from year 39 BC when his mother Livia divorced Ti. Claudius Nero and married Octavian, Tiberius was destined for a life in the public eye as the stepson of the future ruler of the Roman world.Tiberius was the second Roman emperor of the Julio-Claudian...

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  • Volume measure

    At the grain stall, the merchandise would have been measured using these Imperial Standard measure, and would have been given a seal of endorsement before being sold.

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  • Market

    The market was built in the 8th century BC to an African design, and is unique in Roman Africa. It was rebuilt during the reign of Septimus Severus. Stalls would line the circular walls, selling local produce and merchandise. As is the norm in markets today, special areas would have been set aside to various good, such as the fish stalls, fabric...

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Leptis Magna Tourist Traps

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    Leptis magna now Lebdah is situated about 130 km at the EST of Tripoli, the city is known under the name of Lpqay was built 500 year before J.C. by the Phoenicians so have wonder day at it

    Unique Suggestions: have alook at these places
    arch of Septimius Serverus, the palaestra, the hadrianic baths,the nymphaem, church inshorthly they are more than39 place.

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Leptis Magna Off The Beaten Path

  • Hunting Baths

    On the beach, about a kilometre to the west of the city are the Hunting Baths, built in the 2nd century AD. From the outside you see its domed roof, which looks a bit like a Second World War bunker, but inside there are some fascinating frescoes depicting hunting scenes. You can see men armed with spears hunting wild animals, including leopards....

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  • The Pharos

    The Pharos or lighthouse of Leptis Magna was originally at least 35m high and a flame at the top helped guide ships into the port. This lighthouse should get a lot more attention than it does, as it was a twin of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Pharos of Alexandria. As only one of the original wonders, the Pyramids, survives...

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  • Villa Sileen

    Villa Sileen is not officially open to the public and a special written permit is required from the Depertment of Archaeology is required to enter, as well as a lot of patience and good humour when dealing with the extremely surly curator. Photography is not permitted inside. The villa was discovered in the 1950s and excavated in the 1970s. It...

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Leptis Magna Favorites

  • Museum - Aerial View

    Having previously seen a drawing of how Leptis Magna would have looked at the time of Septimus Severus, this photograph shows an aerial view of the Forum today. Only from the air can you fully appreciate the extent of the site.

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  • Museum - Dice

    These dice from the Hadriatic period showed that the game dates back a long way and that the Romans were avid gamblers.

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  • Museum - Drawing of baths

    This large wall drawing shows how an ordinary day would have been like in the Royal Baths at the time of Hadrian.

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