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Touchdown Tripoli

Touchdown Tripoli


Ancient and mordern splendour

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Tripoli is the major city and de facto capital of Libya. The climate of Tripoli is Mediterranean with hot dry summers, cool winters and some modest rainfall. Weather can be variable, influenced by the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea which moderates daily temperature ranges.

Vistors in Tripoli can wander without being hassled by touts or pushy shopkeepers. The people are very laid back.

Ancient and mordern splendour


What to see?

What to see?


Jamahiriya museum

The castle, Al-Saraya Al-Hamra, occupies a site known to be pre-Roman in the east quadrant of the old city and still dominates the skyline of Tripoli. Any tour of the old city should begin at the castle, entered from the land side near Suq Al-Mushir. It houses a library and a well-organized museum and has excellent views over the city from the walls. The Castle Museum is essentially concerned with the archaeology and ancient history of Libya. It covers the Phoenician, Greek and Roman periods well and has an expanding collection of materials on the Islamic period.

Jamahiriya museum


Medina (old city)

The old walled city of Tripoli, the Medina, is one of the classical sites of the Mediterranean. The basic street plan was laid down in the Roman period when the walls were constructed on the landward sides against attacks from the interior of Tripolitania. The high walls survived many invasions, each conqueror restoring the damage done. In the 8th century the Muslim ruler built a wall on the sea-facing side of the city. Three great gates gave access to the town, Bab Zanata on the west, Bab Hawara on the south east and Bab Al-Bahr in the north wall.

The old city has several key elements worth visiting. The old city walls are still standing and can be climbed. The Harbour Monument stands at the gates of the old city on the edge of the former corniche road adjacent to the castle. There are a number of restored houses, consulates and a synagogue in the narrow streets of the old city.

There are a number of interesting mosques including the Karamanli Mosque, the En-Naqah Mosque and the Gurgi Mosque both in the old town and adjacent to it. The best known of the Tripoli mosques is the Gurgi Mosque with its elegant architecture. It was built comparatively recently in 1833 by Yussef Gurgi. If the traveller wishes to view just one of Tripoli's mosques, the Gurgi Mosque is the one to choose.

Medina (old city)


The arch of Marcus Aurelius

This surprisingly well-preserved arch dates from AD163 and was built as a testament to the might of the Roman army. Its sturdy appearance may be easier to understand when you learn that the authorities relocated it from Leptis Magna. Examining the engravings on the arch, one can see the goddess Athena riding in a chariot towed by griffin and images of local people surrendering to the Roman forces.

The arch of Marcus Aurelius


Gurgi mosque

The interior of Tripoli’s most attractive mosque is crafted with Egyptian and Greek marble, Moroccan stone and Tunisian tiles. The towering white minaret of this 20th century house of prayers has two balconies, with locals claiming that it was constructed this way in a bid to outshine the Ahmed Paha Mosque.

Gurgi mosque


Church of Santa Maria Degli Angeli

The colonialists of course needed to feel at home and one of the first things they did was to build a church in the Medina! The Santa Maria church has been renovated recently, but not for worshippers! You can visit it free, but inside you will not find a lot of religious artefacts; it has been transformed in a sort of a meeting hall! a small mosaic has been kept. Anyway, like in many religious monuments, I feel peace, I like to stay there for a while and just try to feel the atmosphere.
Picture 1 shows the campanile with the façade picture 2 a general view (not easy from the narrow streets), picture 3 displays a small mosaic and painting preserved inside and picture 4 a general view of the inside.

Church of Santa Maria Degli Angeli


Dar Qaramanli

A pleasant, patrician residence, the Dar Qaramanli has been restored and converted to a museum. The courtyard, surrounded by galleries on two levels displays the wealth and prestige of a branch of the Qaramanli family, rulers of Tripoli in the 8th and early 19th century. For most of the 19th century, the building housed the Tuscan Consulate.

Dar Qaramanli


Former British Consulate

The former British Consulate, now is referred to as Dar Adb al Khaliq al Nuwayji. The house was originally built in 1744 as a residence for Ahmad al Qaramanli. Later, it came to house the British Consulate, a function which lasted until 1940. Many of the early British expeditions undertaken in the 'race for discovery' of Saharan and West Africa left from here.

Former British Consulate


Former French Consulate

A few meters south of the Aurelian Arch, to the left is the former French Consulate (founded 1630); the building is representative of the fine homes of the 18th- and 19th-cnetury Tripoli. France maintained a significant presence in Tripoli from the 18th century, with certain consuls, notably one Charles Féraud in the 19th c.

Former French Consulate


Banco Di Roma

Turn right out of the church of Santa Maria Degli Angeli , and at the first junction, go right on the main street (Shari’a Arba’ Arsat) running back south. The tall, crumbling building on the corner which would look very much at home in Naples or Palermo
was home to the Banco di Roma.

Banco Di Roma


Modern Tripoli

Modern Tripoli spilled out from the tight confines of the old city as early as the 18th century and possibly before that. The main commercial streets lie in the centre. Most lead off Green Square in front of the castle. All street names are in Arabic but Libyans will assist in giving directions. Walking around Tripoli centre is straight forward. For a tour of the modern city on foot begin in Green Square and travel West along Sharah Omar Mukhtar to see the private business district. Turn round at the Tripoli Fair building and return to Green Square from which go due South down Sharah Mohammed Magarief towards the post office and former cathedral. From the post office square (Maidan Al-Jaza'er) either turn directly right to Sharah Tahiti and thence right again into one of the commercial thorough-fares with small Arab lock-up shops or go on past the post office towards the People's Palace and thence right to the harbor front and back towards the Green Square. This itinerary shows the best if the modern city.

Modern Tripoli


Tripoli by night

Tripoli is a safe place at night.
At night when the sun comes down and the moon takes over one can safely move around the city and there is quite an activity going on....cafes and restaurants are very busy at this time.

Tripoli by night


Eating & Drinking

Eating & Drinking


RESTAURANTS

Ghazala Restaurant
- Location: Aldhahra – Tripoli
- Western style restaurant
- Features: it is situated in the heart of the city, with a classic facade and modern decoration
- Specialty: providing western and eastern meals
- Seating Capacity: 55 chair
Tel: +218.21.4447000
Fax: +218.21.4779381

Athar Restaurant
Location: Old City Tripoli.
- Group series : the eighth sub restaurant.
- Features: the restaurant is characterized by archaeological entrance represented by MRKUS AureleusS arch and marble columns dated of the Roman era 163 A.D. The restaurant contained a summer embankment surrounding Marcus arch from three sides. Besides a musical band for eastern music.
- Specialty: popular meals (marine & meat) made on the Libyan kitchen style.
- Seating Capacity: The number of chair is 150 chairs in the winter and 350 in the summer.
Tel: +218.21.4447001
Fax: +218.21.4779381

Asheraa Restaurant
- Location: Alandalus quarter Tripoli.
- features : a facade of more than fifty meter overlooking the Mediterranean sea and an embankment overlooking the sea front, and live music is preformed every.
- Specialty: Sea food with French and Italian dishes.
- Seating capacity: 230 chairs in the winter and 400 chairs in the summer.
Tel: +218.21.4775123
Fax: +218.21.4779381

Al Badawi Restaurant
Al Baladia Street
Tripoli
Tel: 218 – 21 – 3339995

Al Athari Restaurant
Old city Goss Markous
Tripoli
Tel: 218 – 21 - 4447001

Al Nakhla Restaurant
Al Baladia Street
Tripoli
Tel: + 218 – 21 - 4445173

Africa Restaurant
Ahmed Al Sharef / Al Dahra
Tripoli
Tel: 218 – 21 - 4447000


Shopping

Shopping


Shopping in the souks

Tripoli is a city brimming with traditional souks (markets) where you can buy everything from Arabic clothing, elaborate fabric and expertly crafted carpets to handmade jewellery, silverware, leather goods and other handicrafts. Shoppers should follow the lead of the locals and make their purchases in the large bazaars; the souk in Sharia Rashid sells an eclectic array of goods, while Souq al Attara, just off Green Square, is the place to head for textiles and clothing. At Souq al-Ghizdir you can commission your own copperware and Souq al-Turk is the largest marketplace in the old town. Souvenir shops as such are thin on the ground, with Ben Zeglam in the carpet bazaar selling some traditional items like jewellery, textiles, pottery and carpets. Inside the Medina you will also find small shops selling an abundance of cheap electrical goods and clothing. The souks bustle throughout the day and well into the evening.


Getting there


By air

By air


Tripoli International Airport

• KLM fromAmsterdam
• Lufthansa from Frankfurt
• Alitalia from Rome and Milan
• British Airways from London
• Al Afriqia from Paris
• Austrian Airlines from Vienna
• Tunis Air from Tunis
• Turkish Airlines from Istanbul.


By land

By land


Land borders

• Tunisia (Djerba) Ras Jedir border.
• Egypt Emsad border


History of Tripoli

7th century BCE: Founded by the Phoenicians due to its ideal position for sea bourne trade.

146: Comes under Roman control, and is known as Oea and one of the three main cities of the province of Tripolitania.

450 CE: Conquered by the Vandals. As they largely destroyed Sebratha and Leptis Magna, this would lead to growth for Oea.

533: The Byzantines take control over Oea.

643-44: Conquered by Arab Muslim troops. Gradually a the name of the region is used for the Oea, which now is the only large city of the original three. The city is effectively named Tarablus in Arabic; Tripoli in Western languages.

1146: Conquered by the Sicilian Normans.

1158: Arab control is reestablished.

1510: Conquered by the Spanish.

1511: Control of Tripoli is passed on to the viceroy of Sicily.

1523: Control of Tripoli is passed on to the Knights of St John, ruling from the island of Rhodes.

1551: Forced to surrender to the Ottomans. Tripoli develops into a seat of piracy.

1714: The commander of the cavalry Ahmed Karamanli, makes himself the ruler of Tripoli with the title bey and establishes semi-autonomous control of the city and region.

1801: After that the pirate pasha of Tripoli had demanded increase in the annual tribute paid by the US fleet, a war breaks out, known as the First Barbary War. The port of Tripoli is blockaded.

1805: Peace between USA and Tripoli, resulting in the accession of a new pasha.

1835: With a civil war in Tripoli, the Ottomans takes back direct control of the city.

1911: Conquered by Italy, which makes a colony. At this time, Tripoli has 30,000 inhabitants.

1943: With the Italian defeat in World War 2, Tripoli passes to Britain.

1951: Libya gains its independence, and Tripoli is made co-capital together Benghazi.

 
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