Top wonders of Libya: What we are missing out on

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Unfortunately, Libya is one of these countries that when we spoke of, often it is not for anything good. Since March 2011, it has jumped to the front page of the global press as a result of the popular revolution and the subsequent conflict.

However, we are not going to talk about war or politics here. At a time when advisory bodies such as the British Foreign Office warn against all travel to Libya, we would like to have a look to the beauty of this land, hoping that its cultural heritage does not suffer the looting and destruction as happens too often under these circumstances.

Acacus Mountains
The Acacus Mountains are home to spectacular rock formations like the Fozzigaren Arch. They are one of the 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites listed in the country. Image by Duimdog

The Sahara has not always been a desert. Climate changed abruptly around 5,000 to 10,000 years ago. There are many rock paintings and carvings, depicting animals more characteristic of the savannah, like elephants and giraffes, which proves that it was once a fertile land. Image by Robbo-Man

Ubari lakes
The stunning Ubari lakes are considered to be some of the most beautiful oases in the world.
Image by 10 Ninjas Steve

Ubari Sand Sea
The Mandara lake, part of the Ubari Sand Sea.
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This is an old granary in Nalut, although it could pass for the set of the planet Tatooine in Star Wars.
Image by Rafael

How to go to Ghadames
These granaries were fortified, to protect them in the past from looting and theft.
Image by Weesquirt

The desert-friendly old town of Ghadames, an oasis on the border with Tunisia. Ghadames was declared a World Heritage Site in 1986, helping to stop its decline and abandonment, but on the other hand, becoming a tourist destination. Image by Snotch

Ghadames street
Covered alleyways between houses offer a good shelter against the sweltering heat.
Image by Roberdan

Leptis Magna
Like many archeological sites, the majority of Leptis Magna has yet to be excavated. It is exciting to think of all the surprises waiting to be discovered, although if we take it too slow we will never find any.
Image by Sguà!

Treasures of Ancient Rome
Three out of five UNESCO's World Heritage sites in Libya are related to the Romans, Greeks and Byzantines. Pictured, the amphitheatre of Leptis Magna, that remains largely intact.
Image by 10 Ninjas Steve

Cyrene: Temple of Zeus, once larger than the Parthenon in Athens.
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The ancient city of Sabratha, only 50 miles outside of Tripoli.
Image by Duimdog

Columns holding back the sea in Apollonia.
Image by Sebastià Giralt

Jebel Uweinat
Somewhere in Jebel Uweinat Mountains, near Egypt. Notice the size of this natural stone obelisk compared to the explorers taking refuge in its shadow.
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Namus volcano
The remote Wau Namus Volcano, from inside the crater where shallow lakes are formed.
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The same volcano from the air. The dark area, in contrast with the desert sand, is formed from the materials ejected by its caldera. Image by Viva Nola

Old car wreck
An old wreck left by one of the expeditions that took place in the area during the Second World War.
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