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Léptis Magna

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HISTORY

It was probably founded by the Phoenicians in 1 100 BC. It was part of the state of Carthage until the Second Punic War. In 146 BC it was annexed to the Roman Republic. Among the main buildings, there is the Grand Theater, where shows took place along the same lines as those presented in the famous Colosseum in Rome, the Old Market and Hadrian's Baths, a structure with a similar function to a club, where citizens could relax in huge swimming pools, some thermal, supplied with hot water through an ingenious heating system. One of them still has water. The most important building, however, was probably the Basilica of Severo, which was originally built to serve as the city's Court of Justice, but centuries later it was transformed into a church, whose ruins we can admire today. Very imposing is also the Forum of Severo.

 

WHY THIS PLACE

A Roman Africa that few know. Walking around this city is like going back in time. Its ruins are noteworthy for the beautiful images depicted in the remaining columns. Highlight for a paved road that passes under two millenary arches replacing the central nave of the church for an entrance of the bride beyond triumphal. Or any other script suggested by your fantasy.

CURIOSITIES

It was the birthplace of the Roman Emperor Seventh Severus, which made him invest a lot in his development. Part of the marble of the Palace of Versailles was taken from Leptis. In 1982 it was designated as a world heritage site.

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