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Villa Sileen (Silene)


Villa Silene (also spelled Sileen, Silin, Selene) is a Roman villa in Libya. Located near the village of Al Khoms (Khums or Homs), Villa Sileen is an excellent example of this type of the Roman architecture in North Africa.

Discovered in 1974, the villa was inhabited in the 2nd century ad.

It consists of 20 rooms, including domed baths. Wall paintings and mosaics grace the villa, now on the edge of the coast, which are so well preserved because the villa had been covered by sand dunes over the centuries.

The subject-matter of the interior decoration includes scenes of hunting and chariot racing, with mosaics depicting scenes of the Nile with pygmies fighting crocodiles, as well as sea nymphs and tritons.

Visitor Information

Villa Silene is situated on the Meditheranean coast, about 17 km SE from the village Al Khoms (Homs) .

The villa is connected to the Roman archeological site of Leptis Magna. and it is located about 20 km E distance.

Note: The villa is a private property and currently it is under restoration but a visit can be arranged at Leptis Magna administration (see on the map)

Villa Sileen Map&Location

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Vila Silene Photos

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Villa Sileen by SebastiĆ  Giralt
Peristyle (small garden surrounded by a columned passage) by SebastiĆ  Giralt
Ruins of Villa Silene by Stefan Krasowski
Villa Sileen - Roman mosaic detail by Paul Robinson