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Sabratha



Sabratha
Introduction

1. The stunning theatre

2. Theatre details

3. Forum

4. Temples and basilicas

5. Mausoleum of Bes

6. Museums

7. Amphitheatre




















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SABRATHA
Ruins on the beach

Sabratha, Libya




Sabratha, Libya. The Theatre


In Roman times the Tripolitania province had three cities, called Tripolis, Leptis Magna, Oea (now the modern Tripoli) and Sabratha. Sabratha was to a large extent the one with least wealth, yet it boasts one of the best preserved theatres of the Roman era.
Sabratha was constructed in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD, but it did survive longer than its big brother, Leptis Magna. As is the case with many ancient cities in North Africa, it was the arrival of the Arabs, that resulted in the final decline.
The theatre is the main attraction, and it appears in excellent condition today. It is even used now as an arena for theatre and concerts. Sabratha has several public baths, temples, fountains and mosaics. The museum is a must, and has an extensive exhibition of everything from statues to small coins.
The town of Sabratha has grown up in between the ruins, adding a special charm to the place. Passing through Sabratha, from the town, you end up at the long beaches, making Sabratha an excellent place to stay for a couple of days.
Sabratha is added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, as one of 5 places in Libya.

Eat and Sleep
One hostel and one hotel. There are restaurants in both the hostel and the hotel, as well as a couple of small joints in the new town of Sabratha.

Transportation
Very good connections with buses and taxis in both eastern and western directions.

Going Next
125 km south: Yefren
70 km east: Tripoli
80 km west: Farwa Island




By Tore Kjeilen