Urgent restoration of the archaeological storehouse of Apollonia and protection of the archaeological site of Latrun

Cyrenaica region, Libya

Amount $ 74 350

Years 2020 - 2022

Operator French Archaeological Mission in Libya

Type of grant Emergency relief

The church of Latrun, an important pilgrimage site from the second half of the 4th century CE, is a unique testimony of Byzantine architecture on the African Mediterranean coast. Since the start of the Libyan conflict in 2011, the archaeological sites of Cyrenaica (former coastal Roman province) have suffered deliberate destruction and looting. The project undertakes conservation of columns and marble panels of the church of Latrun. Activities also include the restoration of the Apollonia (Susah) storehouses, which contain archaeological discoveries from the area, as well as building a caretaker’s house to guarantee security of the site.