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Tripoli in the Travelers' Literature

The Arab Period (645/646-1109 CE)

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Quotes from the Arab Period

"The skies envied the earth for having Tripoli, and no country would ever catch with Tripoli."

AlMoutanabbi (325-328 H/936-939 CE)

Addressing his poems to the Governor Obeydullah ben Khorasan AlTarabulsi

"...We arrived to Tripoli on a Saturday, the 5th of Sha'aban (6th February) 838 H/1047 CE. The city is surrounded by fields and orchards of sugar cane, bitter orange trees, citron, bananas, orange, and dates. Sugar from sugar cane was collected at that time... The town of Tripoli is so situated that three sides thereof are on the sea, and when the waves beat, sea-water is thrown up on to the very city walls. The fourth side, which is towards the land, is protected by a mighty ditch, lying eastward of the wall, across which opens an iron gate, solidly built. The walls are all of hewn stone and the battlements and embrasures are after the like work. Along the battlements are placed balistae ('arradah), for their fear is of the Greeks. The city measures 1000 cubits long, by the like across. Its hostelries are four and five stories high, and there even some that are of six. The private houses and bazaars are well built, and so clean that one might take each to be a palace for its splendor. Every kind of meat, and fruit, and eatable that I saw in all the land of Persia is to be had here, and a hundred degrees better in quality. In the midst of the town is the great Friday Mosque, well kept, and finely adorned, and solidly constructed. in the mosque court is a large dome, built over a marble tank, in the middle of which is set a brazen fountain. In the bazaar, too, they have made a watering-place, where, at five spouts, is abundant water for the people to take from; and the overflow, going along the ground, runs into the sea..."

Nasir-i-Khusrau (438 H/1047 CE), "Sefernameh"

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