Remarkable Sabratha

Leave the port of Tripoli and drive westwards to Sabratha founded by the Canaanites in the 6th century BC on the Mediterranean coast. It began as a settlement to service the coastal trade of the Carthaginians developing into a permanent site in the 4th century BC and acting as a terminal for the trans Saharan trade due to its natural harbour. Sabratha prospered in the 3rd century A.D. trading in ivory from central Africa.

Invading Vandals from Europe destroyed and abandoned Sabratha and in 533AD. the Byzantines took over beginning its reconstruction.

Most noticeable is the church of Justinian with its decorated floor mosaics. From the Roman times, the public arenas, the temples of Liber Pater, Serapis, Isis, and Hercules as well as the Forum, Theatre and public baths. Sabratha’s Amphitheatre is used today for theatre performances and concerts.

An impressive display of mosaics in the museum on site exemplifies Sabratha’s revival after the Vandal invasion.


Special Notes:
Comfortable walking shoes and a sun hat recommended.

Tour is suitable for elderly people but not wheelchair accessible.

Uneven and rough gravel ground with several stairs at the amphitheatre.

No fees for camera or video.

Toilets available at the site.


Tour Timings:

Tours begin at times suitable for the ship's arrival in port. The breakdown of the excursions is as follows:
00hr00 -> Depart from Tripoli Port

00hr00 -> 01hr30 Drive to Sabratha
01hr30 -> 02hr00 Visit museum on site
02hr00 -> 04hr00 Visit site
04hr00 -> 05hr30 Drive to Tripoli


Tour Details

Tour Name:
Remarkable Sabratha

Sightseeing Shore Tours
Cultural Shore Tours

Tour ID:

Approximately 5hr30

medium excursion

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