5 Places to visit in Libya
After watching the movie “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” I was actually inspired to write an article about the 5 Places to visit in Libya. Don’t get me wrong, I respect the untimely death of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. The movie shows the infamous “2012 Benghazi attack” also known as the Battle of Benghazi wherein, the U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith was killed as well by the Islamic militants in their American diplomatic compound.
Now let’s discover the country of ancient crossroads of civilizations and one of the best places in Africa to experience the Sahara Desert.
In Tripoli, this square is actually the symbol of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, Tripoli’s main square became famous during the 2011 revolution. It was here that Gaddafi vowed to fight against the uprising; it was here, too, that thousands gathered to usher in a new era after Tripoli finally fell. These days, most of the square is used as a car park for the nearby souk, but it’s worth wandering around and absorbing the square’s remarkable history
High up from the rest of the town in Cyrene, the historical site is the reflection of the importance of Cyrene in the ancient Greek world. The Temple of Zeus was larger than the Parthenon in Athens. Constructed in the 5th century BC, the sanctuary measured 32m x 70m and was surrounded by two rows of eight and two rows of 17 columns. The temple was destroyed several times, including a Jewish rebellion against Rome in 120 CE and a 4th century CE earthquake. Italian archeologists restored it to the present state since since 1957.
The desert oasis town of Berbers where travellers around the world said being in this town is not like nowhere else on earth. The UNESCO-protected old town also known as the ‘Pearl of the Desert’ has unique architecture consists of whitewashed mud-brick walls, covered labyrinthine walkways and elaborate orchard gardens with date palms, pomegranate and orange trees and vegetables. Under the Gaddafi regime, people living in the ancient houses were offered new homes nearby, but the old buildings remain and are often frequented by the people of the town.
One of the top attractions in Libya, located in the in the modern Shabiyahs or Districts of Derna, Jabal al Akhdar, and Marj. This heavily forested, fertile upland area in northeastern Libya is considered a beautiful place with diverse wonder and best visited during spring. Jebel Akhdar actually means “Green Mountain”. The history of Jebel Akhdar transcends from being colonized by the Italians in the 1930s, settlements were interrupted during WWII and later deserted but have now been reoccupied by Libyans and had been ranked as the best destination in Libya. Check these reviews from TripAdvisor, click here.
For over 900 years, Leptis Magna was once the pride of the Roman Empire in Africa which lay hidden, forgotten by man, beneath Libya’s sand dunes. The incredible well-preserved ancient remains of a Roman settlement, highlights of which are the Severan Arch (erected in honour of Emperor Septimius Severus), the marble- and granite-lined Hadrianic Baths, the detailed basilica and the large amphitheatre.
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