Ancient ruins founded by Romans in Libya hold great potential

The creation of the ancient city of Leptis Magna in Lybia commonly called the “Rome of Africa”,the Phoenicians found it and later conquered by the Romans,

UNESCO classified these ancient ruins as a World Heritage Site.

In 2016, this site along with four others were on the list of sites at risk.

For the head of the Leptis Magna Control Committee, neglect is the greatest enemy.

Ezzedin Ahmed Fagi said “The threats that this city faces are indirect. Such threats come in different forms such as

the lack of supplies, which never existed in the first place, the fact that archaeological missions have been interrupted,

the lack of means and support from the government, virtually non-existent”

This ancient city, built on a site of about 50 hectares, is “a must for tourists”.

According to the head of the site’s Control Committee, these ruins hold enormous potential and could be a magnet for visitors and boost the national economy.

Furthermore, Ezzedin Ahmed Fagi added;

“Be it this government or the previous ones, before or after the revolution, none cared for the city, even though the government’s attention should be focused entirely on this city because it’s considered one of the sources of national income. If done properly, it could create jobs and attract millions of tourists”, claims

Overlooking the Mediterranean and situated 120km away from the capital, Tripoli, Leptis Magna, has escaped the worst of the political turmoil engulfing the country since the end of Mouammar Kadhafi’s regime.

Abdessalam Weba, a Lybian visitor said the creation of the city was by Romans and Phoenicians if I remember. “It’s beautiful for its archaeological sites and its warmth. When you enter Leptis, you’re embarking on a journey through time, a dive into history”.

Political instability has put an end to various European archaeological missions, mainly Italian and French.

Despite its potential, for the powers that be, Leptis Magna remains a distant concern.

By Taiyelolu A

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