Thursday, January 26, 2012

To experience the finest Roman ruins in the modern Mediterranean, one has to get to Leptis Magna - an UNESCO World Heritage site - in Khoms, Libya. Yes, Libya.

"The city, which was constructed during the reign of Augustus and Tiberius but which was entirely remodelled along very ambitious lines under the Severan emperors, incorporates major monumental elements of that period. The forum, basilica and Severan arch rank among the foremost examples of a new Roman art, strongly influenced by African and Eastern traditions."

And judging from this single stunner of a snap, Leptis won't let you down. While I don't have the courage at present to get to Libya, I am thankful that others do so that I might enjoy sites like this through their eyes. And one day, surely, I'll get there and see these incredible ruins myself, sharing my pictorial memories with others who haven't been yet or may not ever go, themselves.

Your comments on this image are welcome, and encouraged! And a question for the photographer - David & Bonnie - if s/he is so inclined: Is there anything special about this moment, day, trip, or place beyond what you've shared on Flickr that you'd like to add or comment on here? Along with other vivaca visitors, I would love to know more!

Location: Leptis Magna, Libya ★
Photo courtesy of David & Bonnie

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