Unique Places in Libya

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    Great Manmade River Project

    by grets Written Apr 11, 2005

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    Exploration for oil in the desert uncovered huge underground water sources which are being accessed by this immense engineering scheme, allowing great patches of land to be reclaimed from the desert. It is believed that the water will last for several hundred years. There are no natural rivers in Libya and drinking water has long been a worry for the government.

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    Susa (Apollonia)The town...

    by batman2000bc Updated Sep 12, 2002

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    Susa (Apollonia)
    The town of Susa is situated on the coast, about 20km from Shahat. The nearby ruins of Cyrene's harbour, Apollonia, make this an interesting site for the visitor.
    Founded at the same time as Cyrene, the port was named after the city's chief god, and grew in importance during the second and third centuries AD. Today, much of the town and harbour has suffered from landslides and is now largely submerged.
    The city walls are still visible, but are in a poor state of preservation, with much fallen stone. Within the walls, one can view the Theatre, Baths, Main Street, and the remains of the Byzantine Palace. Various churches are dotted about the site; notably the Extra-Mural Church, the Eastern Church dating from the 5th century AD and containing some beautiful green marble columns, the Central Church and the Western Church, which is built up against the ramparts of the city walls.
    A small museum is situated in the centre of the old town, containing some Byzantine mosaics and sculpture. Because excavation of this site has been minimal, the collection is not very comprehensive.

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  • Try Gargaresh Road in Tripoli...

    by JohnMG Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Try Gargaresh Road in Tripoli (10 minutes by taxi from city centre). Its more interesting than the centre of Tripoli - shops, restaurants, people watching.
    If you're lucky enough to be travelling by road out of the main towns in early springtime you may see the desert in bloom; a carpet of green intersperced with small colourful flowers - truly lovely.
    Off the Tripoli - Sirte highway south towards Waddan: lovely big shifting sand-dunes.
    a stay in the desert overnight - wonderful star-filled sky, and the silence is huge.

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    Zletin - a town not visited...

    by ChrsStrl Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Zletin - a town not visited much by Western tourists though a pilgrimage centre for others. It contains the wonderful Mosque of Sidi Abdal Salaam, with good tiling and attractive exterior. The mosque is a ver flourishing centre of learning.

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    Visit the Villa Silin near the...

    by ChrsStrl Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Visit the Villa Silin near the town of Zletin. There are wonderful mosaics on display in the villa, obviously the home of a very rich man. Even the garden has mosaics surrounding the flower beds. Others show pigmies and animals in a mutual hunt. The variety and wealth of the mosaics, the location of the ouse next to a wonderfully sandy beach, makes this an ideal place to visit, even over the unmade roads, and, if you bring a picnic, it would make it a great place to stay for a day of culture and relaxation.

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  • Farwa Island was very nice....

    by jdconinck Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Farwa Island was very nice. It's close to the border with Tunesia, and you need to hire a boat to get there.

    The Roman Villa Salin is defintely a must although an Italian archeology team was working there, and it took some persuasion to let us see it. Unique fresco's and mosaiques.

    The mosaic show here was at the Qasr Lybia, as we were not allowed to photograph the ones in Villa Salin.

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    The road from Derna to Shahat...

    by marenloo Written Aug 26, 2002

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    The road from Derna to Shahat (had been known as Darnis and cyrene during the ancient greek occupation.
    This road is only 40 k.m long.Try driving your car along it to see differnt amazing sights and enjoy watching how the mountain hug the sea.You shouldn,t forget it....realy.
    It's 220 k.m far from Benghazi to the east.

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    It´s a far way south, but the...

    by sphynxxs Written Aug 24, 2002

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    It´s a far way south, but the Akakus mountains near the algerian border are certainly worth the way. Apart from the gorgeous landscape you can find prehistoric rock carvings. Access to the area is forbidden without a local guide - you can normally find somebody in nearby Ghat. Ghat is also a good place if you are interested in Tuareg blacksmith artisans, and most of the guides are Tuareg as well.

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    Qasr Libya - Mosaic 49

    by iwys Written May 18, 2007

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    A boat with two persons, the one holding an oar and the other outstretching his hands towards the Pharos in a manner indicating invocation and faith

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    Qasr Libya - Mosaic 48

    by iwys Written May 18, 2007

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    A Pharos, the Lighthouse of Alexandria with the Statue of Helios. This is a rare picture of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

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    Qasr Libya - Mosaic 32

    by iwys Written May 18, 2007

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    A Turreted Castle with a Single Door. This gives some idea of what the Byzantine fort which preceded Qasr Libya's Turkish Fort may have looked like.

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    Qasr Libya - Mosaic 23

    by iwys Written May 18, 2007

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    Inscription Recording that the Mosaic was Laid in the Third Year of an Indiction by Bishop Makarios, i.e. 539 AD

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    Qasr Libya - Mosaic 11

    by iwys Written May 18, 2007

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    Stag Devouring a Serpent. Not something I'd have thought was possible, but presumably it's symbolic.

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    Qasr Libya - Mosaic 4

    by iwys Written May 18, 2007

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    Ktisis, Foundation, a Female Figure holding a Wreath and Scroll, perhaps the City's New Charter.

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    Qasr Libya - Mosaic 1

    by iwys Written May 18, 2007

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    Dear and Fruit Tree. It was located in the top left-hand corner of the church floor, in the first of the five columns and ten rows of pictures.

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