Athrun, Libya

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Byzantine Church in Athrun
Byzantine Church in Athrun
Athrun is located in Libya
Location in Libya
Coordinates: 32°52′N 22°16′E / 32.867°N 22.267°E / 32.867; 22.267
Country  Libya
Region Cyrenaica
District Derna
Time zone EET (UTC+2)

Athrun (also spelled Lathrun, or Latrun) is a small town in northern Libya about 40 kilometres (25 miles) east of Cyrene. Its name comes from Greek "Ἐρυθρόν" (Erythron), neuter of "ἐρυθρός" (erythros) "red",[1] due to the color of the local soil. Athrun was established during the rule of the Byzantine Empire in this area.[2]

It hosts recently excavated Byzantine churches adorned with white-blue marble from Proconnesus.[3]


  1. ^ ἐρυθρός, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus Digital Library
  2. ^ article on Athrun
  3. ^ Walter Widrig: Two churches at Latrun in Cyrenaica; London, British School at Rome, 1978.

Coordinates: 32°52′N 22°16′E / 32.867°N 22.267°E / 32.867; 22.267