Tripolis Ticked Off!

On 2 July 2010 I visited my third and last of Libya’s three cities (Tripolis), Sabratha, which is to the west of Tripoli on the Mediterranean coast.   The trip together with my colleagues Kevin, Sarunas, and Hussain, who drove, was on a Friday, the principal weekend day in Libya. The city’s ruins are very extensive and range from the Phoenician period through the Roman Empire in Byzantine times but are not so well documented as those at Leptis Magna.  Much of the archaeological excavations were undertaken in the 20th Century and the site is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The gallery below gives an indication of the extent of the site and the condition of the ruins.

The Theatre

The Theatre

Mediterranean Sea from the Theatre

Mediterranean Sea from the Theatre

Theatre detail

Theatre detail

Mosaic in the Open

Mosaic in the Open

Kevin, Sandy & Sarunas (L to R) at the Baths

Kevin, Sandy & Sarunas (L to R) at the Baths

Hussain, our driver

Hussain, our driver

Downtown Area

Downtown Area

Inner Sanctum of Temple

Inner Sanctum of Temple

Byzantine Mosaic in the Museum

Byzantine Mosaic in the Museum

Mosaic Detail

Mosaic Detail

Mosaic Detail

Mosaic Detail

Mercury

Mercury

Jupiter Africanus

Jupiter Africanus

We ended the day with a visit to a very crowded sandy beach a little further to the west where we enjoyed a swim.

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