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Leptis Magna

Leptis Magna is one of Libya's top archaeological sites and a series of evocative ruins of what once was a beautiful town. Also known as Lobda and located near the town of Al-Khomas about 72 miles (120km) from Tripoli, the original city was built by the Phoenicians in the tenth century BC and ranks as one of the oldest permanent settlements in Africa. As you enter this awe-inspiring site you will find yourself facing the Hadrianic Baths near the arch of Septimius Severus. These baths are close to 1,900 years ago during the time of Septimus Severus, who was in fact born in the city. The Amphitheatre is 45 feet (70m) wide and offers spectacular views in all directions. Just less than a mile (1.6km) from the main site is the Circus, which was once one of the Roman Empire's largest. There are numerous statues and towering monuments throughout the site, such as Augustus and Tiberius as well as The Nymphaeum, Liber Pater, Rome and The Arches of Trajan.

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The official language of Libya is Arabic (used for all official business), though some English is spoken, especially in the cities and tourist-orientated establishments.


The official currency is the Dinar (LYD), which is divided into 1, 000 dirhams. Credit cards have very limited acceptance (usually only in five-star hotels) and travellers cheques are not accepted, therefore it is advised to carry cash. ATMs are unreliable, though available in Tripoli. Banks are usually closed on Thursdays and Fridays. Currency can be exchanged at the airport or any bank in Tripoli.


Local time is GMT +2.

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