Remains of a Roman Empire Abandoned in Libya

Published September 29th, 2021 - 06:45 GMT

Neglected amid continuous war, Leptis Magna is the Roman Empire's most beautiful cities. However it is abandoned in war-torn Libya.

Leptis Magna is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The place is only visited by locals who can be seen wandering in the magnificent imposing ruins.

Visiting the area, a former Roman outpost on the south coast of the Mediterranean, is "a voyage in time, a dive into history", Abdessalam Oueba, a Libyan visitor said.

Leptis Magna was discovered by the Phoenicians then it was dominated by Romans, the city was the birthplace of Septimius Severus, who rose to become emperor from 193 until 211.

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Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast

An aerial picture shows a view of the theatre in the ancient Roman city of Leptis Magna, near the coastal Libyan city of Al-Khums, 120Km east of the capital, on August 24, 2021. Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast was once among the Roman Empire's most beautiful cities, but now lies neglected and shunned by tourists due to a decade of war. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)

Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast

Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast was once among the Roman Empire's most beautiful cities, but now lies neglected and shunned by tourists due to a decade of war. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)

Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast

A picture shows a view of a carved frieze at the ancient Roman city of Leptis Magna near the coastal Libyan city of Al-Khums, 120Km east of the capital, on August 24, 2021.(Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)

Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast

Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast was once among the Roman Empire's most beautiful cities, but now lies neglected and shunned by tourists due to a decade of war. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)

Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast

A picture shows the upper part of the Theatre with portions of the colonnade, in the ancient Roman city of Leptis Magna, near the coastal Libyan city of Al-Khums, 120Km east of the capital, on August 24, 2021. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)

Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast

Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast was once among the Roman Empire's most beautiful cities, but now lies neglected and shunned by tourists due to a decade of war. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)

Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast

An aerial picture shows the Hadrianic baths, in the ancient Roman city of Leptis Magna near the coastal Libyan city of Al-Khums, 120Km east of the capital, on August 24, 2021. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)

Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast

Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast was once among the Roman Empire's most beautiful cities, but now lies neglected and shunned by tourists due to a decade of war. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)

Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast
Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast
Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast
Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast
Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast
Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast
Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast
Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast
Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast
An aerial picture shows a view of the theatre in the ancient Roman city of Leptis Magna, near the coastal Libyan city of Al-Khums, 120Km east of the capital, on August 24, 2021. Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast was once among the Roman Empire's most beautiful cities, but now lies neglected and shunned by tourists due to a decade of war. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)
Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast
Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast was once among the Roman Empire's most beautiful cities, but now lies neglected and shunned by tourists due to a decade of war. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)
Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast
A picture shows a view of a carved frieze at the ancient Roman city of Leptis Magna near the coastal Libyan city of Al-Khums, 120Km east of the capital, on August 24, 2021.(Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)
Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast
Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast was once among the Roman Empire's most beautiful cities, but now lies neglected and shunned by tourists due to a decade of war. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)
Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast
A picture shows the upper part of the Theatre with portions of the colonnade, in the ancient Roman city of Leptis Magna, near the coastal Libyan city of Al-Khums, 120Km east of the capital, on August 24, 2021. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)
Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast
Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast was once among the Roman Empire's most beautiful cities, but now lies neglected and shunned by tourists due to a decade of war. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)
Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast
An aerial picture shows the Hadrianic baths, in the ancient Roman city of Leptis Magna near the coastal Libyan city of Al-Khums, 120Km east of the capital, on August 24, 2021. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)
Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast
Leptis Magna on the Libyan coast was once among the Roman Empire's most beautiful cities, but now lies neglected and shunned by tourists due to a decade of war. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)