Sabratha, Libya

A Tourist Police agent is watching the Roman ruins at Sabratha, 60 kilometers west of Tripoli, Libya, on September 6, 2011.
A 'Tourist Police' agent at Sabrata, Libya. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo.

This week’s photo is of ruins at Sabratha, Libya, originally founded by the Phoenicians around 500 BC and later a Roman city. It’s a World Heritage Site, and in the recent civil war Sabratha was captured and re-captured a couple of times. In the modern world there’s a big divide between Europe on the north of the Mediterranean and Africa on the south. The Roman view would have been vastly different, with the major cities of the Empire being on the shores of Mediterranean and the further reaches of Europe to the north of Italy being awful places where the savages lived.

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The city was re-taken by anti-Gaddafi forces in August. The speed of protection for the sites is therefore astonishing. This photo was taken on the 6th of September. Elsewhere in Libya the fight continues.