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Location - North Africa; Capital - Tripoli; Population - 6.5 million; Currency - Libya Dinar MORE LIBYA

After a day's drive from Tripoli via the mountainous Jebel Nafusa, we arrived in the Saharan city of Ghadames, in November 2007.

 

libnoteThe one Libyan Dinar note features Colonel Ghaddafi, but not for much longer I'm sure..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib139The beautiful ancient trading city of Ghadames lies close to the Tunisia/Algeria border

 

 

lib137The mosque near the main entrance to Ghadames old city

 

 

lib136Ghadames old city

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib133Irrigating water channels, Ghadames old town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib132There's a myriad covered pathways in the Old City, and it's pretty easy to get lost - Ghadames

 

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lib117Whitewashed buildings in Ghadames old city

 

 

lib118Palm trees tower over whitewashed walls in Ghadames old city

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib119A mosque in the central area of Ghadames old town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib120A mosque's minaret, Ghadames

 

 

lib131Brightly coloured door in a Ghadames courtyard

 

 

lib130Date palms are grown in the gardens of the old city - Ghadames

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib103There's lots of dates on offer in Ghadames

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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lib107A covered walkway in Ghadames old city

 

 

lib108Ghadames was at the centre of several caravan routes, leading north to the Mediterranean and south further into the Sahara

 

 

lib110The atmospheric walkways of Ghadames old town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib109A Ghadames courtyard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib111The steps of a Ghadames cafe

 

 

lib113Enjoying mint tea and karkady (hibiscus tea) with the tour group in Ghadames old city

 

 

lib124The inside of a traditional house in Ghadames old town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib122A colourful window decoration in Ghadames

 

 

lib96Ghadames Museum is in the new town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib141The ruins of a Roman fort sit atop Ras al-Ghoul, a short drive from Ghadames

 

 

lib147Tour groups then head for sunset at the Grand Erg Oriental sand dunes, from where Tunisia and Algeria can be seen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib150Sunset over the sand dunes - Grand Erg Oriental, just a few kms from Ghadames

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib148Grand Erg Oriental sand dunes (if you were wondering, reducing the memory of the photo makes the sky look blotched - the originals are fine)

 

 

lib153Grand Erg Oriental sunset - the tourist traffic can get silly in this area, but it's still worth going

 

 

lib156Camels get the right of way - driving to Kabaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib165Another fortified Berber granary is at Kabaw, which like Qasr a-Haj and Nalut, is situated in the Jebel Nafusa area, south of Tripoli

 

 

lib163Storerooms in Kabaw's granary

 

 

lib167These granaries can also be found in Tunisia - Kabaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib169The abandoned clifftop village of Tormeisa

 

 

lib170Salim gets a little too close to the edge at a foggy and rainswept Tormeisa

 

 

lib174Clouds are blown away to reveal the Jefara Plain at Tormeisa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib176An underground troglodyte home in Gharyan, still occupied by a Berber family

 

 

lib181The Triumphal Arch of Septimus Severus welcomes you to the Roman city of Leptis Magna, 125kms from Tripoli.
Originally a Phoenician city in the 6th century BC, Rome took control following the 3rd Punic War in 146BC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib187The Hadrianic Baths consisted of hot and cold chambers and pools - Leptis Magna

 

More about Leptis Magna here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib190The Severan Forum, Leptis Magna. The city was home to about 80,000 people

 

 

lib191A column in the Severan Basilica depicting the Labours of Hercules - Leptis Magna

 

 

lib193The 8,000 seat Theatre was built in the 1st century AD - Leptis Magna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib195Like Sabratha, Leptis Magna was built on the Mediterranean coast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib198Leptis Magna's Theatre

 

 

lib199The Amphitheatre at Leptis Magna could hold around 16,000 spectators for the gladiator events

 

 

lib201The Amphitheatre was built in the 1st century AD - Leptis Magna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib202Looking seawards from the Amphitheatre are the remains of the Circus, a racetrack which hosted up to 25,000 people - Leptis Magna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib203Entering the Amphitheatre - Leptis Magna

 

 

lib205Gladiators and wild animals would walk through these tunnels to the Amphitheatre 'stage' - Leptis Magna

 

 

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LINKS

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www.libyan-tourism.org - Libya tourist board

 

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