"Shahhat - Cyrene" Shahhat by Luchonda

Shahhat Travel Guide: 47 reviews and 115 photos

Top museum and site at the eastern coast of Libya

"The legend of how Cyrene was founded has survived. A prominent man, Battus, went to the oracle of Delphi to seek advice. The oracle told him that he should bring people along with him, and settle in Libya. Battus so did. But he and his expedition landed on a small island. Dissatisfied with this island, Battus returned to the oracle, only to be told that he had not yet arrived in Libya. Once again Battus had to set out, and this time he did arrive in Libya. 6 years later the colonists moved to the site of Cyrene, and in the centuries that followed the place prospered."


Apollonia, the former port for Cyrene spreads along the mediterranean shorline


Cyrene is an archeological site near the village of Shahat. One of its more significant features is the Temple of Apollo which was originally constructed as early as 7th century BC. Other ancient structures include a Temple to Demeter and a partially unexcavated Temple to Zeus

  • Last visit to Shahhat: Oct 2007
  • Intro Updated Nov 16, 2007
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  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2008 at 10:02 PM

    Another superb page on Lybia! The ruins of Cyrene are an absolute must see! I feel it is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, am I right? Zeus temple is above everything! Amazing troglodytic bath!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Lots of great photos Luc! Those Baths of Paris look very intriguing and the poor old Temple of Zeus has led a rough life! It looks great though.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2007 at 8:41 AM

    Cyrene looks like an impressive site worth visiting!


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