The Ministry of Local Government, the Municipality of Sabratha, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have inaugurated the Roman theatre in Sabratha after renovation with the support of the EU.

The UNDP said in a statement on Wednesday that the archaeological site of Sabratha, which was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1982, was destroyed as a result of the 2016 clashes.

The restoration works consist of rehabilitation of service offices to manage the monuments, rehabilitation of the Roman theatre stage, maintenance, and improvement of three entrance gates, as well as installation of solar streetlights.

Sabratha Roman theatre is expected to attract around 500,000 visitors every year, generating critical economic activity and thousands of jobs, the statement reads.

This initiative is part of UNDP’s efforts to accompany public institutions, local governments, civil society, and communities to build peace and resilience in 65 municipalities throughout the country.