Given its variety of cultural influences and former colonies found in the country, Libya can be a great place for finding archaeological sites. Leptis Magna, to the east of Tripoli, was once one of Rome's most powerful outposts in North Africa, and many of the city's important features remain intact, including the marketplace and theatre. In the west, Sabratha retains its Roman ruins while still functioning as a modern city.
The Greeks also colonised a portion of Libya known as Cyrenaica, where ruins of the empire's grandest city, Cyrene, can be found. Many ancient temples and other structures have been excavated by archaeologists, giving tremendous insight into one of Greece's most important African colonies. Nearby Apollonia, which served as Cyrene's port, has also been partially excavated, adding to the historical importance of the area.