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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Archaeological Site of Leptis Magna, Libya

[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] The Archaeological Site of Leptis Magna is a World Heritage Site of Roman ruins in Libya. The site is located in Al Khums, about 130 km to the east of Tripoli.

Leptis Magna was established by Phoenicians in 1100 BC. It was originally known as Lpqy. It was just an insignificant village until it became a dominion of Carthage in the 4th century BC. Then in 146 BC it became part of the Roman Republic.


Ruins of Leptis Magna, Libya
Ruins of Leptis Magna, Libya
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Leptis Magna reached its height of prominence under the Romans, particularly under Septimius Severus, who was born there, and became the Emperor of the Roman Empire in AD 193. Severus favored Leptis Magna over other Roman towns, and he turned it into the third most important city in Africa, behind perhaps only Carthage and Alexandria. Among his projects included a new forum and the renovation of Leptis Magna's docks.

However Leptis Magna grew too fast to sustain itself. During the Crisis of the Third Century (235-284 AD), when the Roman Empire nearly collapsed under the pressures of invasion, civil war, plague and economic depression, it was badly hit. From then on, the city went into decline, and by the mid 4th century, has largely been abandoned.

Archaeological Site of Leptis Magna was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 6th session of the World Heritage Committee in Paris, France, 13 - 17 December, 1982.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N32 38 17.988 E14 17 35.016 in Khoms district, Libya
Inscription Year: 1982
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, II, III


House amulet at Leptis Magna, Libya
House amulet at Leptis Magna, Libya
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