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

[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] The Archaeological Site of Sabratha is a World Heritage Site protecting the ancient ruins in northwestern Libya. Sabratha was established by the Phoenicians around 500 BC as a trading post for products coming from the African hinterland. It was originally called Sbrt'n. There is a possibility that a village may have already existed in the area when the Phoenicians arrive.


Antonine Temple in Sabratha, Libya
Antonine Temple in Sabratha, Libya
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In around 240 BC to 148 BC, Sabratha became part of the Kingdom of Massinissa, which was established by an ancient Libyan tribe. The kingdom later collapsed under Roman invasion, and under the Romans, Sabratha reached its height of prominence.

The earthquake of AD 365 badly damaged Sabratha. Although it was repaired by the Byzantine governors, the city has gone into decline, and within a hundred years, has shrunk back to being just a village.

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


Column details in Sabratha, Libya
Column details in Sabratha, Libya
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N32 48 19.008 E12 29 6 in Zawia district, Libya.
Inscription Year: 1982
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: III
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