Origin of the Name Al Athrun
The name Al Athrun is often spelled in various ways, like Athrun, Alathrun, L'athroun, Lathrun or Latrun. According to some sources, the town was established by the Byzantines, who originally named it Erythron , from the Greek ερυθρός (Erythron: 'red'), in reference to the red colour of the local earth.
Location of Al Athrun
Alathrun is a small village in Eastern Libya, located about 35 kilometres east of Apollonia. One of the main archaeological attractions of the town are two Byzantine basilicas, beautifully located by the sea and adorned with white marble from Proconnesus. The village is also a geological destination, where archaeologists and geologists walk down to the shallow bottom of wadi al Athrun to treat themselves to spectacular geologic treasures and panoramic scenery from the Upper Cretaceous - Lower Tertiary sequence, with slump features representing submarine mass movements.
Etymology of Basilica
The name basilica, which means both: a public Roman building with a central nave and an apse at one or both ends, and a Christian church building based on the same design with a nave, a semicircular apse, and two or four side aisles, comes from Greek basilikos ('royal'), in turn from the Greek basileus ('king').
Al Athrun's Sites of interest