Travelling to Benghazi
Trip Start Jul 29, 2008
97Trip End Sep 01, 2009
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Images: Desert, camels and an amazing monument to the coolest runners in the world.
We visited a site at Sultan once famed for its marble arch. This arch marked the border between the Phoenicians and the Greeks.
Essentially Sultan was the resting place of two marathan running brothers who decided that they would rather die than say they had cheated in a race. The race had decided the border, this was done by one team starting in one city Bengahzi and the other team in Tripoli. Where they met was the new border.
The Phoenicians won and got more land and the Greeks complained. So the boys died to protect their honour. Why they were Italian runners I don't know. I guess they thought they would be getting a really big paycheque. Wrong, really wrong.
There was a big arch marking where they were buried alive which fell down and was lost so Mussolini decided to build one to replace it in the thirties. Hence the modern Bronzes.
When Qaddaffis boys took over the arch had to come down. The panels from the arch were thrown in a paddock and the rest used for roadfill. I think later on they felt a bit guilty so a grotty museum was built currently containing nothing really interesting except for rubbish bags of human bones chucked in the corner. EWWWWW. The bronzes live in their own space out the back. Why they set them lying down is anyones guess.
However it was a stop and something to do. Desperate times.
Benghazi appeared out of the distance some 6 hours later. The city seems very modern, basically because it was bombed flat in WW2. Our hotel is a hoot. The decor is like something out of a Thunderbirds scene. Classic late 70's brown and so styly. I half expect a Libyan Dean Martin to pop out from behind a pillar and start crooning.
Still free internet access and a view of the water. This place is a palace compared to some of the dumps we have been in.