Category: Libya

Graffiti Now Covers the Walls of Libya’s Ancient City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; iAfrica

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Sabratha started out as a Phoenician trading post according to UNESCO, a part of the Numidian Kingdom of Massinissa before the Romans rebuilt it in the second and third centuries.

Source: Graffiti Now Covers the Walls of Libya’s Ancient City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site     – iAfrica

Calls to protect Libyan heritage site spoilt by vandals; Africa News

Photo: Tara Todras-Whitehill

UNESCO included Sabratha and four other Libyan sites on the List of World Heritage in Danger in July 2016 because of the damage caused to it and the many threats surrounding it.

Source: Calls to protect Libyan heritage site spoilt by vandals

How the ancient city of Cyrene near Libya, a world heritage site in danger, faces threats of bulldozers and loot; Firstpost

Cyrene lies between the Egyptian border and Benghazi, one of the key cities that rose up against longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011. The country has since fallen into anarchy and violence which sparked fears for its rich ancient heritage.

Source: How the ancient city of Cyrene near Libya, a world heritage site in danger, faces threats of bulldozers and loot – Art-and-culture News , Firstpost

Famed Libyan ruins that should be a top tourist destination; Reuters

Libya – Archaeological Site of Leptis Magna

They are world-renowned and a Unesco heritage site. The catch? They are in Libya.

The limestone and marble ruins of Leptis Magna on Libya’s coast could be a hive of activity and a top tourist destination, but conflict has left one of ancient Rome’s great Mediterranean cities almost entirely cut off from the outside world.

Guards are unpaid and most visitors are local, with only the occasional handful of foreigners, including one or two intrepid tourists, making it to the site.

On weekdays, it is almost deserted, with only the odd group of local teenagers dotted among the expansive ruins.

“There’s something that remains of the tourist police, but they can’t protect it,” says 60-year-old Ali Hrebish, one of several dozen volunteer guards who “for God and country” help watch over the site. “We live here, we protect it.”

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UNESCO’s Director General calls on all parties to cease violence and to protect the World Heritage Site of Sabratha in Libya; UNESCO World Heritage Centre


Libya – Archaeological Site of Sabratha

On 21 September, UNESCO was informed by several sources that military action is intensifying within and around the Archaeological Site of Sabratha in Libya, inscribed on the World Heritage List since 1982. According to reports, military action is growing within and around the property.

In view of this situation, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, calls on all parties to cease violence and ensure the protection of Sabratha’s invaluable cultural heritage, including its archaeological museum. The Director-General underscored the need to protect cultural heritage in times of conflict, as recently urged by the UN Security Council in its Resolution 2347, notably.

“I call on all parties to ensure the safeguarding of Sabratha’s unique cultural heritage,” said Mrs. Bokova.

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These are the 10 hottest places on earth | The Independent


Libya – Old Town of Ghadamès

As we all sit in our own sweat, wondering when this hell will end, spare a thought for the places that have really got it bad. Here are the 10 hottest places on earth.

1. Death Valley, California, USA

This currently holds the record for hottest air temperature ever recorded. The desert valley reached highs of 56.7 degrees in the summer of 1913, which would apparently push the limits of human survival. Average temperatures today reach 47 degrees during summer, and it’s the driest place in the States.

2. Aziziyah, Libya

The former capital of the Jafara district, 25 miles south of Tripoli, used to claim the title of hottest place on earth – in 1922 the temperature was recorded as a sweltering 58 degrees.

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23 December 2016 – Unlikely saviors of Libya’s Roman remains; Imed Lamloum; AFP

Libya – Archaeological Site of Leptis Magna

Leptis Magna (AFP) — Ali Hribish stands by the Arch of Septimius Severus which dominates Libya’s ancient city of Leptis Magna, brandishing letters of thanks for his efforts to protect the site.

The former electricity company employee in his 50s has become the Roman city’s unlikely saviour, protecting it from looting and vandalism as chaos rocks the country following the 2011 downfall of dictator Moamer Kadhafi.

Despite having no background in archaeology, Hribish gathered a band of fighters who dedicated themselves to preserving the ancient Roman city, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

While others set up armed groups to protect banks and public buildings, “we immediately thought of Leptis Magna,” says Ashraf Mohammed, 33, one of the first fighters to join Hribish’s group.

“A bank can be rebuilt, but our monuments and our history are things we can’t replace,” he says.

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