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LIBYA
Vacations and Sightseeing

Basic information
Official languageArabic
CapitalTripoli
Area1.759.540 kmĀ²
Population7,029,725  (2021)
CurrencyLibyan dinar  (LYD)
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Code.LBY
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Vacations and Sightseeing

Libya is currently quite runsafe, please consult the travel advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before your departure. Below are a number of must-see attractions when visiting Libya.

Tripoli is the capital of Libya and was once known as the "White Bride of the Mediterranean". It has retained much of its historical heritage. Some of the city's sights include the Gurgi Mosque in the centre of Medina, which is a historic complex in Tripoli. It was built in 1834 by Mustafa Gurgi. The museum is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Tripoli. The museum is beautifully situated in a castle. It houses a collection of archaeological artefacts from the Neolithic to the present day, such as marble and stone statues and busts, glass, pottery, mosaic panels, funerary monuments, oil lamps, coins, fossils and stuffed animals and colour photographs of a large number of archaeological sites.

Libya is famous for ancient Greek and Roman ruins and the Sahara desert landscape. The Libyan Desert is located in the northern and eastern part of the Sahara. Despite the fact that it is described as an arid wasteland, there is a fascinating ecosystem with various plant and animal species. Many animals have adapted to survive the harsh climatic conditions. They are mainly found around oases. It is possible to go on safari in Libya.

Leptis Magna is the largest Roman city in Libya, and its ruins are among the most complete and best preserved in the Mediterranean. The city is perhaps the most sought-after tourist attraction. Leptis Magna was originally founded during the Elysian period in the 10th century BC. It survived the Spartan settlers and grew into a Punic city, eventually becoming part of the new Roman province of Africa. Today, a number of monuments are still intact. The theatre is well preserved and has a beautiful panoramic view of the city from the upper floors. Numerous statues and other ornaments can still be seen in this theatre. Other places of interest in Leptis Magna are Trajan's Arch, the Palaestra, the Nymphaeum, Hadrian's Baths, the harbour, the Circus, the Temple of Rome and Augustus, the Temple of Liber Pater, Tiberius' Arch and the Grand Market.


Sources

Elmar Landeninformatie

CIA - World Factbook

BBC - Country Profiles

Last updated November 2023
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