The harbour - ElMina - three kilometers away, hosted what was apparently at one time a Phoenician town of which nothing now remains. ElMina is also known as the "City of Waves and Horizons".
A repository of Tripolitan families and expatriates.
Tripoli has long been known for its sweets industry, olive oil-based soap production, and copper crafts.
- Index Tripolis
Index Tripolis is a project to provide bibliographic information about Tripoli, Lebanon.
A wander around inside Tripoli, Lebanon: A diary of humouristic series of walkabouts "kazdouras".
Useful links and telephone numbers in Tripoli, Lebanon.
Terrain, street, satellite, touristic, urban growth, sailing, and historical maps and aerial imagery of Tripoli, Lebanon.
Daily and weekly news from Tripoli, Lebanon.
- North Lebanon
A guide for towns and villages neighbouring Tripoli, Lebanon.
- Palm Islands
The Palm islands park is a unique and integrated natural marine basin in the eastern Mediterranean that was declared as a reserve in 1994.
- Panoramic Views
Interactive panoramic views of Tripoli, Lebanon.
- Tripoli e-Discussion Society
The 'Tripoli e-Discussion Society' is an independently self-controlled body that aims at gathering Tripolitans residing all over the world to discuss issues pertaining to Tripoli, Lebanon.
- Today's Tripoli
Present aspects of Tripoli, Lebanon
- Tripoli Radio
Tripoli Internet Radio features original on-demand programs about different aspects of Tripoli, Lebanon.
- Tripoli TV
Tripoli Internet TV brings you the latest video clips related to Tripoli and features original on-demand films about different aspects of Tripoli, Lebanon.
A quick reference about Tripoli in the Prehistorical, Persian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Crusades, Mameluke, and Ottoman periods.
The wealth of historical monuments make Tripoli the second largest preserved Mameluke city in the world.
- The Tripoli Quiz
An educational game to test your knowledge on the present and history of Tripoli, Lebanon.
- Tourist Guide
A comprehensive tourist guide for sightseeing in the historical districts of Tripoli, Lebanon.
- Virtual Museum
A documented history of Tripoli from the 3rd to the 20th centuries with large collections of coins, garments, manuscripts, paintings, old photographs, and many other artifacts.
Bienvenue à Tripoli, Liban
أهلاً بكم في طرابلس لبنان
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The Holy Month of Ramadhan in Tripoli / شهر رمضان المبارك في طرابلس
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|Day 0 (Introduction)
Tripoli by night.
A breath taking view of Tripoli and the mountains behind.
A different general view of the city.
Tripoli, or as it is famously known "Trablous Al-Fayhaa" in Arabic, is Lebanon' s second largest city. It is about 85 km north of Beirut and about 33 km south of the Lebanese north
boarder with Syria. The city was the centre of a Phoenician confederation with Sidon and Tyre and AradosLRisland - hence the name 'Tripolis'LRmeaning 'triple city'. Modern Tripoli is very rich in monuments from the Crusaders to Ottoman times. Tripoli is famous for its castle (Citadel) that was built by Early
Arabs, and enlarged by the Franks, Memlukes, and Ottomans. It is also distinguished amongst other cities in Lebanon because of the many historical mosques that were constructed by the
Mamlukes namely the Mosque of Taynal, and the Mosque of Al-AttarOT. In the Middle Ages the Islamic (theological) schools known as 'madrassahs'OThad a brilliant role in the education of many people from all over the Islamic World. The ancient part of Tripoli is still until now reflecting its oriental charm to
the modern city. Bazaars, towers, khans (caravanserais) and baths (Hammam)OTare main places for visiting tourists that make Tripoli a prosperous industrial
and business centre in the North of Lebanon. Tripoli has an international busy port known as El-Mina.
In this series we will take you for a spin around Tripoli's main traditional places and historical landmarks which we hope you will enjoy, and find interesting, informative and
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Sunset as seen at the Bahsas Road.
Nour Square by night.
Areal view of El-Tell District. Click here to listen to the sound of the Tell Clocktower.
Areal view of the Menshiyeh Park. Click here to listen to live sounds from the busy center of Tripoli (Tell Square). Click here to listen to live sounds from the busy center of Tripoli (Nejmeh Square).
Another view to the area northern to the Menshiyeh Park (The municipality building is in the right corner).
The Narjile (Hubble-Bubble).
When you are heading along the coast line to Tripoli from the capital Beirut you initially come to "Tareek Al-Bahsas" (Bahsas road). This road takes you to "Al-Tell" passing through "the
Boulevard" and "Sahet Al-Nour" (formely "Sahet Abul-Hamid Karami") then " Sahet-Al-Kayal" and finally to the focus centre of Tripoli that is "Al-Tell Square". Until the turn of the 20th
century "Sahet-Al-Tell" used to be a long road with small hills of sand on both sides on both sides and "Arabiat Khail" (Horse Carriages) in the middle of the street carrying people like
today's taxis and may be "Syyarat Ford Abou Da'seh" (Old one-pedalled Ford cars), hence the word "Al-Tell". When you arrive to "Sahet-Al-Tell" your eyesight is drawn to the ancient
"Sa'ah" which is a historical high rise tower that has a clock at the top (It was renewed few years before), it is the "big bang" of Tripoli. There used to be also the main "Saraya"
facing the "Saa" and surrounded by cinemas like "Empire", "Hamra", "Ameer", "Odeon" and so on. This "Saraya" does not exist anymore, it was demolished in the 60's to be replaced by a
square hence the name "Al-Tell square". Down below around the "Saa" you can see parked taxis in long rows and you can hear taxi drivers shouting the destination to where people would like
to go. One shouts "Yalla Beiroo, Wahed Beirooooot, Service, Service ya Istaz." Another screams "Mina, Mina, Minaaaaa" etc. They are anxious for their fifth passenger to complete their
payload to take you to any place within Tripoli (Abou-Samra, Al-Qubbeh etc.) or its surroundings such as Akkar, Al-Kourah, and Zgharta, also to Beirut, Al-Biqa valley, and even to Syrian
cities like Damascus, Homs, Aleppo, and a plenty of other places. "Abou Samra';s" cars are waiting in one place. Cars for "Al-Qubbeh wait on another and so on. Behind the "Sa'ah" you can
find the "Minsheeyeh (or Masheeyeh -Tripoli main park) which is a humble size park in which people, mainly old people wearing "tarabeesh" (a red coloured fizz), come to pass time by
sitting either on wooden benches or on the grass amongst the trees doing nothing except rolling cigarettes and puffing away. In the middle of the "Minsheeyeh" there is also a round fish
pond that has a water fountain in its centre and we remember when we were kids we used to come to see it, take photos, and play with its water. There is also a large tree called "Shajaret
Al-Tanabel" (the tree of lazy people), mainly elderly people come to have a snooze under its shadow during summer time. This particular tree is over a century of age and it is believed
that the "Othmanyeen" (Ottomans) had planted it. At the "Minsheeyeh" main gate you can find a "Ka';ak" street seller selecting his "Ka';ak" from a "Arabeyyeh" (pushcart) and shouting
"Ka'ak, taza Ka'ak, tary hal-Ka'ak, Kaaaaaaa'ak". "Sahet-Al-Tell" is considered to be the busiest area in Tripoli. It';s full of businesses and heavy traffic as well as people
marching along on foot. There you find a variety of shops ranging from food and clothing stores to Arabic sweet stores for which the latter Tripoli is very famous. Talking of sweet you
find on the main street of "Shareh Al-Tell" "Halaweeat R*f*a* A*-*a*l*b W*-*w*a*o*", "H*l*a* Ikhowan", "Halaweeat A*-*r*a" etc. If you are looking for a good treat you can enter one of
these sweet stores. As you enter you will clearly notice the beautiful display of their products ranging from " Baklawa", "Ish Al-Bolbol", "Barma B';fostok", "Znood Al-Sitt", Knafeh",
"Bourak", "Lahmeh B'ageen", "Bassma", "Bassboussa", and believe me the list is endless. After filling your stomach with some sweet you may fancy sitting in a "Kahweh" (Café) you
can always drop in "Kahwet F*h*m", few yards from "Abou Samra" taxis line, to have "Argieleh" (hubble-bubble) and a cup of Arabic coffee to quickly digest what you';ve already eaten and
to help you to continue the walkabout, or you may prefer the cling-cling coffee from a passing Arabic coffee seller. If you walk from near the "Abou Samra" taxi line for about one minute
you would get to "Sahet Al-Koura" where you can get taxis to "Al-Koura", "Shekkah", "Al-Bahsas" etc. However, If you prefer to carry on in "Shareh -Al-Tell" through to "Al-Saraya
Al-Atika" towards "Sahet-Al-Nejmeh" you will arrive to the heart of the old city which is called "Al-Aswak Al-Dakhelyeh" (inside old markets). This is where you will be taken on day 2 to
continue the walkabout.