Marketplace Leptis Magna by Eric Lafforgue on Flickr.

Leptis Magna (Lepcis Magna) is an incredibly well preserved archaeological site in Tripoli, Libya. Originally founded by the Phoenicians as the port of Lpgy in the first millennium BC, Leptis Magna was inhabited by the Garamantes before becoming part of Carthage and was then incorporated into the Roman Empire in 46 BC.

Most of the remaining structures now found at the site originate from the reign of Septimius Severus. Emperor of Rome from 193 AD. Severus was born in Leptis Magna and, as such, he invested heavily in developing his home city, transforming it into one of the most important of Africa’s Roman cities. Leptis Magna became a beautiful place and a marvel of Severan planning.