Libya, 2008


These photos were taken during our visit to Libya in February, 2008.

This was, of course, in the days of Colonel Ghaddafi and before the strife which since then has overcome Libya. At the time we visited, Ghaddafi's "presence" and his image was everywhere. But Libya was a pleasant, peaceful place to visit and we received nothing but friendliness from its citizens.

Our tour of Libya began in Tripoli, the capital, and included visits to the sites of Roman and Greek cities along the Libyan coast, of which Sabratha and Leptis Magna are remarkable.

We also ventured inland to the World Heritage listed village of Ghadames, which was a memorable experience.<

Our guide for the duration of our stay in Libya, Muftah, was extremely knowledgable and helpful, and provided us with a wonderful introduction to his country.

This was, of course, in the days of Colonel Ghaddafi and before the strife which has since overcome this country. At the time we visited, Ghaddafi's "presence" and his image was everywhere. But Libya was a pleasant, peaceful place to visit and we received nothing but friendliness from its citizens.

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001. A view across Tripoli
1. A view across Tripoli
002. Another view across Tripoli
2. Another view across Tripoli
003. In Tripoli
3. In Tripoli
004. The entrance to Green Square in Tripoli
4. The entrance to Green Square in Tripoli
005. Colonel Ghaddafi in Green Square
5. Colonel Ghaddafi in Green Square
006. Qsar al Haj Granary
6. Qsar al Haj Granary
007. Entrance to Qsar al Haj Granary
7. Entrance to Qsar al Haj Granary
008. Inside the Qsar al Haj Granary
8. Inside the Qsar al Haj Granary
009. Inside the Qsar al Haj Granary
9. Inside the Qsar al Haj Granary
010. Inside the Qsar al Haj Granary
10. Inside the Qsar al Haj Granary
011. A view from Nalut
11. A view from Nalut
012. Another view from the Sahara Plateau at Nalut
12. Another view from the Sahara Plateau at Nalut
013. Fortified Berber Granary at Nalut
13. Fortified Berber Granary at Nalut
014. Nalut Granary
14. Nalut Granary
015. Nalut Granary
15. Nalut Granary
016. Nalut Granary
16. Nalut Granary
017. Nalut Granary
17. Nalut Granary
018. Oil Press at Nalut
18. Oil Press at Nalut
019. Entering Ghadames
19. Entering Ghadames
020. Ghadames
20. Ghadames
021. Ghadames
21. Ghadames
022. Ghadames
22. Ghadames
023. Ghadames
23. Ghadames
024. Ghadames school
24. Ghadames school
025. Balcony of old Ghadames school building
25. Balcony of old Ghadames school building
026. View from Ghadames school
26. View from Ghadames school
027. Another view from Ghadames school
27. Another view from Ghadames school
028. Another Ghadames passageway
28. Another Ghadames passageway
029. Ghadames covered passageway
29. Ghadames covered passageway
030. Leaving the old town of Ghadames
30. Leaving the old town of Ghadames
031. Sahara sand dunes
31. Sahara sand dunes
032. Sahara sand dunes
32. Sahara sand dunes
033.  Sunset in the Sahara sand dunes
33. Sunset in the Sahara sand dunes
034. Back into Ghadames for dinner
34. Back into Ghadames for dinner
035. In the Ghadames cafe
35. In the Ghadames cafe
036. Muftah in Ghadames cafe
36. Muftah in Ghadames cafe
037. Camels near Ghadames
37. Camels near Ghadames
038. Camels near Ghadames
38. Camels near Ghadames
039. Mosaic at Sabratha
39. Mosaic at Sabratha
040. Jupiter at Sabratha
40. Jupiter at Sabratha
041. Approaching the Ancient City of Sabratha
41. Approaching the Ancient City of Sabratha
042. The Ancient City of Sabratha
42. The Ancient City of Sabratha
043. Flavius Tullus at Sabratha
43. Flavius Tullus at Sabratha
044. Temple of Serapis at Sabratha
44. Temple of Serapis at Sabratha
045. Temple of Serapis in Sabratha
45. Temple of Serapis in Sabratha
046. Communal toilets in Sabratha
46. Communal toilets in Sabratha
047. Approaching the Theatre at Sabratha
47. Approaching the Theatre at Sabratha
048. The Theatre at Sabratha
48. The Theatre at Sabratha
049. The Theatre at Sabratha
49. The Theatre at Sabratha
050. The Theatre at Sabratha
50. The Theatre at Sabratha
051. The Theatre at Sabratha
51. The Theatre at Sabratha
052. Carvings at the Theatre in Sabratha
52. Carvings at the Theatre in Sabratha
053. The Souk at Tripoli
53. The Souk at Tripoli
054. Entering the Souk
54. Entering the Souk
055. The Souk
55. The Souk
056. The Copper Souk
56. The Copper Souk
057. The Arch of Septimus Severus at Leptis Magna
57. The Arch of Septimus Severus at Leptis Magna
058. The Arch of Septimus Severus at Leptis Magna
58. The Arch of Septimus Severus at Leptis Magna
059. Detail of the Arch of Septimus Severus
59. Detail of the Arch of Septimus Severus
060. Roman Baths at Leptis Magna
60. Roman Baths at Leptis Magna
061. Roman Baths at Leptis Magna
61. Roman Baths at Leptis Magna
062. Roman Baths at Leptis Magna
62. Roman Baths at Leptis Magna
063. Roman Baths at Leptis Magna
63. Roman Baths at Leptis Magna
064. The Roman Baths at Leptis Magna
64. The Roman Baths at Leptis Magna
065. Communal Toilets at Leptis Magna
65. Communal Toilets at Leptis Magna
066. The Forum at Leptis Magna
66. The Forum at Leptis Magna
067. The Forum at Leptis Magna
67. The Forum at Leptis Magna
068. Medusa at Leptis Magna
68. Medusa at Leptis Magna
069. Another Medusa Head in the Forum
69. Another Medusa Head in the Forum
070. Another Medusa in the Forum at Leptis Magna
70. Another Medusa in the Forum at Leptis Magna
071. Carved Pillars in the Severan Basilica at Leptis Magna
71. Carved Pillars in the Severan Basilica at Leptis Magna
072. Detail of Pillar in Severan Basilica
72. Detail of Pillar in Severan Basilica
073. Detail of Carved Pillar in Severan Basilica
73. Detail of Carved Pillar in Severan Basilica
074. Pillar in Severan Basilica
74. Pillar in Severan Basilica
075. The Market at Leptis Magna
75. The Market at Leptis Magna
076. The Market at Leptis Magna
76. The Market at Leptis Magna
077. The Theatre at Leptis Magna
77. The Theatre at Leptis Magna
078. The Theatre at Leptis Magna
78. The Theatre at Leptis Magna
079. The Ampitheatre at Leptis Magna
79. The Ampitheatre at Leptis Magna
080. The Theatre at Cyrene
80. The Theatre at Cyrene
081. Naval Monument at Cyrene
81. Naval Monument at Cyrene
082. The Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore at Cyrene
82. The Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore at Cyrene
083. The Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore at Cyrene
83. The Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore at Cyrene
084. Pillars at Cyrene
84. Pillars at Cyrene
085. Carved Images at Cyrene
85. Carved Images at Cyrene
086. Temple of Zeus at Cyrene
86. Temple of Zeus at Cyrene
087. The Temple of Zeus at Cyrene
87. The Temple of Zeus at Cyrene
088. Lion at Cyrene
88. Lion at Cyrene
089. View from Cyrene to the Mediterranean Coast
89. View from Cyrene to the Mediterranean Coast
 
 
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