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Video: Unlikely Saviours Protect Leptis Magna

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. A group of armed volunteers patrols the 50-hectare UNESCO World Heritage site of Leptis Magna in Libya to safeguard the Roman remains from looting, vandalism and possible attacks from jihadists:

Libya’s World Heritage Sites put on Danger List

UNESCO's World Heritage Committee has placed the five World Heritage sites of Libya on the List of World Heritage in Danger because of damage caused by the conflict affecting the country and the threat of further damage it poses. The five sites are: Archaeological Site of Cyrene (pictured); Archaeological Site of Leptis Magna; Archaeological Site […]

Video: Leptis Magna: Libya's Forgotten Ancient City

From The Telegraph. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. For over 900 years Leptis Magna – once the pride of the Roman Empire in Africa – lay hidden, forgotten by man, beneath Libya’s sand dunes. Now, excavated and magnificent on a promontory overlooking […]

UNESCO supports Libyan Heritage with $2m Project

Libya Herald reports that UNESCO is to provide $2.26 million, in conjunction with the Libyan and Italian governments, for a two-year project to conserve historic sites, establish conservation laboratories and train more security staff to protect the country’s treasures. Roni Amelan, spokesman for UNESCO, told the news agency that projects would focus on training heritage […]

Libya Promotes its Tourism Potential

At the 33rd annual World Travel Market (WTM) trade show in London, the Libya Export Promotion Centre presented the country's tourism and cultural attractions and was very well received. In a survey of 1,300 tourism chiefs attending the conference, 56 percent said Libya had the potential to become a top tourist destination, with just 10% […]

After dictatorship, war Libya looks to rebuild tourism

From the top of the magnificently preserved Roman amphitheater here, one can see the glimmering blue waters of the Mediterranean, where across the sea in Rome an emperor made this city a showcase of his empire. The large market is framed by arches and ancient measurements for fabrics are etched clearly into stone. Colonnaded and […]

Protecting Libya’s Heritage as Country Tries to Resurrect Tourism Industry

Libya boasts a rich cultural heritage; Palaeolithic rock paintings, Greek and Roman ruins and ancient desert oases. These historic treasures, including six UNESCO World Heritage sites, have suffered years of neglect and most recently the perils of conflict. During the conflict in Libya there were allegations that pro-Gaddafi troops and missiles were being hidden in […]

Tourism and Leisure in the new Libya

To anyone who has visited Leptis Magna, Sebratha, Cyrene and some of the fascinating towns in its vast desert interior, the rich culture and heritage of Libya is blindingly obvious.  Add to that the unspoilt 2000km coastline dotted with numerous beaches, the natural beauty of the Jebel Al-Akhdar (Green Mountains) in the east of the […]