One of the two main axial roads of any Roman City was the Cardo. Generally running north-south, here in Lepcis it is largely North East - South West. It changes direction at the junction between the earlier city and the southerly extension which was built on a new alignment.

Photo ©1995 Stuart Laidlaw, Michael Halliwell, Institute of Archaeology, UCL


If we look back to the south-west through the Arch of Trajan, we can see the triumphal arch of Severus where the Cardo intersects the arterial coast road that became the Decumanus Maximus.
Photo ©1995 Stuart Laidlaw, Michael Halliwell, Institute of Archaeology, UCL