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Leptis Magna

Leptis Magna, Great Leptis, Leptis, also known as Lebda, Lectis Magna, Lepcis Magna, Lpqy, Neapolis, is a ruined Roman city located in Khoms, Murqub District, Libya. The site is one of the most spectacular and unspoiled Roman ruins in the Mediterranean. It was founded by a group of local Berbers and Phoenicians sometime around 1000 BC. In 42 BC, the city became under the rule of the Roman Empire. The ancient city of Leptis Magna includes several Roman monuments, the most important of which are the Roman theater, the baths of Emperor Hadrian and Arch of Septimius Severus. Leptis Magna was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982.

Site Information

Country: Libya

District: Murqub District

Category: Historic Cities and Regions

Site History: First Millennium BC

Oldest Culture: Phoenician + Berber

Later Cultures: Roman

Site Features: Roman Monuments


World Heritage Site

Official Name: Archaeological site of Leptis Magna

Date of Inscription: 1982

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