Cyrene Ruins

Travel to Cyrene – Archeological Ruins

Cyrene is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is an archeological site near the village of Shahhat. Here you’ll be able to see everything from ancient temples to necropolis’.

Lying in a lush valley in the Jebel Akhdar uplands, Cyrene was a greek colony founded in 630 BC by Greek settlers led by Battus I, who established a ruling dynasty and made Cyrene the capital of the ancient kingdom of Cyrenaica. The town is the oldest and most important of the five Greek cities in the region. Cyrene was named after a spring, Kyre, which the Greeks consecrated to Apollo.

The town had known the succession of many rulers and dynasties. Among them there is the Macedonian Alexander the Great, the Ptolemaic dynasty and the Romain Empire.

The community of Cyrene thrived from its very beginning thanks to the fertility of the region.

Travellers to Cyrene can visit the spring, Apollo sanctuary. the dwellings nearby, the citadel, the market centre, the temple of Zeus to the east. Also artifacts from Cyrene are housed in a museum in nearby Banghazi. One of the most impressive attractions is the temple of Apollo which was originally constructed as early as 7th century BC but there is also the temple to Demeter and the necropolis between Cyrene and its ancient port of Apollonia.

Simply explore the ancient temples and structures whilst learning about the history of the area.

Relax by soaking up the atmosphere amidst these impressive archeological ruins.

  • Explore fascinating ancient temples.
  • See the partially unexcavated temple to Zeus.
  • Visit the necropolis between Cyrene and its ancient port of Apollonia.


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