Apartment Block, Benghazi

The curved end and railings give it a nautical look

Libya’s second largest city, located on the eastern littoral, is Benghazi. After being under Turkish rule for a very long time it was invaded by colonial Italians in 1911. There was consistent resistance to the Italian rulers there until they were pushed out during WW2. As in other North African countries such as Eritrea, Mussolini’s architects introduced contemporary European styles to Benghazi, and there are still some Art Deco buildings there. One nice example is this curvy ten storey apartment block in the centre of the city. It steps in stylishly at the three top floors.