With its controversial politics, Libya has been an overlooked destination although the revolution and resulting civil war in 2011 has brought the country to the world’s attention.

The fourth-largest country in Africa, Libya has a long history featuring Greek, Roman, Arabic, Ottoman and Italian influences, resulting in five of Libya’s towns and one of its mountain regions being recognized at UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

With the civil war still raging and two parties claiming rightful rule over the country, Matador brings you articles to help you understand these issues and the background behind them.

In addition we’re also publishing photo essays and narrative works on what to see and do in the country from Cyrene, an ancient Greek colony to Ghadames a Berber Oasis.

Libya Articles

10 impossibly amazing trips of a lifetime

Mapped: The next 10 total solar eclipses around the world

51 things to do in 51 African countries

Fighting for an abstract concept of freedom in Libya

The ancient chariots of Libya

The most alien (human-made) landscapes on Earth

The 10 cheapest cities in the world 2011

Overlooked World Heritage Sites

Totalitarian tourism, because you gotta see for yourself