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Libya : Surt

19.2 km (11.9 miles) SW of al-Sultān, Surt, Libya
Approx. altitude: 85 m (278 ft)
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Antipode: 31°S 163°W

Accuracy: 15.0 km (9.3 mi)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Another frieze from 'Marble Arch' #3: Bronze statues of the Philaeni brothers from the Arch #4: The al-Sultān museum guard

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  31°N 17°E (visit #1) (incomplete) 

#1: A part of 'Marble Arch'

(visited by Stanley Howe)

21-Apr-2005 -- Continued from 32N 15E.

At 11:00 hrs on 21 April 2005 I visited the small museum at al-Sulṭān where the remains of the 'Marble Arch' are laid. It is sited near a cross-roads some 15 km northeast of confluence 31N 17E. Anyone with the time should find it possible to get within a kilometre or so of that target on good roads.

It can be reached within the hour from Sirte (Surt). It is also less than 2 hrs drive from the populated oil-camps at Ra's Lānūf where the Marble Arch was initially erected to mark the spot reached by the Philaeni brothers in a contest to settle the boundary between Tripolitania and Cyrenaica c. 400 BC.

The friendly museum guard posed for a photograph whilst 10 White Storks soared overhead, Bee-eaters called and Spanish Sparrows tended their nests. A spring outing to suit all tastes!

Continued at 32N 24E.


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#1: A part of 'Marble Arch'
#2: Another frieze from 'Marble Arch'
#3: Bronze statues of the Philaeni brothers from the Arch
#4: The al-Sultān museum guard
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