"Sabratha" Baladiyat Sabratah by grets

Baladiyat Sabratah Travel Guide: 36 reviews and 68 photos

The Phoenicians came to Sabratha from Cartage in the early 6th century and created a city here because of its safe harbour. It was a port for the trans-Saharan trade which included goods from interior Africa such as much sought after ivory, slaves and wild animals, to be traded around the other cities within the Mediterranean. Battles were also fought with Saharan tribes who were attempting to invade Sabratha. Later it became part of the Tripolis, along with its sister cities Oea (Tripoli) and Leptis Magna, although Sabratha was the least wealthy of the three cities. Hellenic settlers who arrived in the 2nd century BC greatly influenced the architecture of that time. Much of the city was destroyed by the earthquake in AD365, and although the city was partially rebuilt, it was to a much smaller scale with an obvious Roman influence, using soft, local sandstone and marble. The city was ruled by the Vandals in the sixth century, but they were expelled by Emperor Justinian in AD533 and the city came under Byzantine rule during which time it was again partly rebuilt. After the Arab invasion in the 7th century brought on Sabratha’s decline, the city survived for a further hundred years. The city was left abandoned until it was rediscovered by Italian archaeologists in the early 20th century.

  • Last visit to Baladiyat Sabratah: Feb 2005
  • Intro Written Feb 21, 2005
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  • iris2002's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2006 at 5:52 AM

    I wonder how they could "chissle" so neatly on that stone? I had enough wobbles just on simple paper hmmmm?? :)

  • VideoDave's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2005 at 5:24 AM

    Impressive Theatre! Another great page from this fascinating but little visited country.

  • Assenczo's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2005 at 11:13 AM

    Nice pictures of Sabratha. I do not have mine around. It is a pity.

  • Sirvictor's Profile Photo
    May 9, 2005 at 12:45 AM

    Please take a look at my Silifke page for more information about The 3 Graces.

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2005 at 10:17 AM

    Welcome back, Grete. Sabratah is a wonderful place. I really enjoyed my visit to this place. I will be back.


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