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4 November 2009
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Historical Monuments in Tripoli Lebanon

Historical Reference: Prof. Omar Tadmori & Others

Photography: Prof. Omar Tadmori, Arch. Khaled Tadmori, & Others

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The Tripoli Citadel
  1. The Citadel

Mosques & Prayer Houses
  1. Aattar
    (Needs 51,000$ for restoration)
  2. Aazem wal Saadah
  3. Abdullah Ibn Mas'oud
  4. Abou Bakr al-Siddeeq
  5. Abou-l-Qasem
  6. Abou Samra alQadeem
  7. Abrar
  8. Afghani
  9. Ahmadiyah
  10. Amin
  11. Amirah
  12. Arghoun Shah
    (Needs $104,000 for restoration)
  13. As'adi (Shoum or Sharafeddin Mosque)
  14. Asmar
  15. Bab el-Raml
  16. Baddawi
  17. Bani Aammar (The Tripoli Citadel)
  18. Barbar (The Tripoli Citadel)
  19. Barsbay
  20. Basheer
  21. Bayan
  22. Bilal ben Rabah
  23. Borj Ras alNahr
  24. Bourtasi
  25. Dannawi (or Salam)
  26. Dar alTarbiyah wal Taalim
  27. Dhahr al-Moghr
  28. Dubbaha (Baha'a; Needs 66,000$ for restoration)
  29. Fadlullah
  30. Fath alOthmani (The Tripoli Citadel)
  31. Ghazi (el-Mina)
  32. Ghoraba
  33. Hamidi alBalad
  34. Hamidi alMina
  35. Hamzah
  36. Harah al-Jadeedah
  37. Haram
  38. Harba
  39. Hizam
  40. Imam Ali Ibn Abou Taleb
  41. Iman
  42. Issa Ibn Maryam
  43. Islamic World League
  44. Kabir al-Aali (el-Mina)
  45. Karimiyah
  46. Khadijah Bent Khouwayled
  47. Khaled ben alWaleed (Shalfah district)
  48. Khaled ben alWaleed (Abou Samra district)
  49. Khanqah
    (Needs 112,000$ for restoration)
  50. Khayrat (Islah mosque)
  51. Kholafah
  52. Mahmoud Beik the Sanjaq
    (Needs 102,000$ for restoration)
  53. Mansouri Great Mosque
  54. Mawlawiyyah
  55. Muallaq
    (Za'im Mosque; Needs 46,000$ for restoration)
  56. Mu'assassah alIjtima'iyyah (Charity)
  57. Mustafa
  58. Naji
  59. Nashabah
  60. Nasser
  61. Nour (Alias, Tartousi)
  62. Omar Ben alKhattab (ElMina)
  63. Ouwaysiyah
    (Needs 44,000$ for restoration)
  64. Othman ben Affan
  65. Qalaajiyah
  66. Qasimiyah elAhmadiyah
    (Needs 21,000$ for restoration)
  67. Qawouqjiyah
  68. Qobbet alNasr
  69. Rahmah
  70. Rahman
  71. Rashad
  72. Rashidi
  73. Rashwani
  74. Rawdah
  75. Ridwan
  76. Rifaiyah
  77. Salahuddin
  78. Shaleh
  79. Sidi AbdulWahed AlMeknasi
  80. Tahham
    (Needs 86,000$ for restoration)
  81. Tareq
  82. Taqwah
  83. Tawbah
    (Needs 88,000$ for restoration)
  84. Tawjih
  85. Taynal
  86. Tell alAali
  87. Towashiyyah
    (Needs 30,000$ for restoration)
  88. Wadii
  89. Wafa'a
  90. Zaatiti
  91. Zahraa

Demolished Mosques

  1. Anbariyyah
  2. Batrakiyyah
  3. Dabbaghah
  4. Dayem Allah (Ottoman, located in Haddadeen district. Commissioned probably by Sh. AbdulMawla alSamman)
  5. Jawhariyyah
  6. Marj (Prayer Hall)
  7. Qarmashiyyah
  8. Wattar
Mansouri Great Mosque
Mansouri Great Mosque

Taynal Mosque
Taynal Mosque


Madrassas (Theological Schools)
  1. Abi alNasr alYafi
  2. Ajamiyah
    (Needs 11,000$ for restoration)
  3. Ashrafiyah
  4. Bshennatiyah
  5. Burtasiah
    (Needs 38,000$ for restoration)
  6. Dabbousiyah
    (Needs 20,000$ for restoration)
  7. Dahhan
  8. Dayem Allah
  9. Dubbaha
    (Needs 66,000$ for restoration)
  10. Habbak
  11. Hindi
  12. Homsi
  13. Houjeyjiyyah
    (Needs 59,000$ for restoration)
  14. Jaweesh
  15. Khatouniyah
    (Needs 42,000$ for restoration)
  16. Khayriyah Hosn
    (Needs 24,000$ for restoration)
  17. Kouriyah
  18. Mahmoudiyah (known as Sanjak)
  19. Mardaniyah
  20. Mash'had
  21. Naml
  22. Nasiriyah
    (Needs 22,000$ for restoration)
  23. Nouriyah
    (Needs 22,000$ for restoration)
  24. Omariyyah
  25. Qadioglu
    (Needs 14,200$ for restoration)
  26. Qadi Omar
  27. Qadiriyah (Includes a grave dated 759 H; needs 34,000$ for restoration)
  28. Qartawiyah
    (Needs 90,000$ for restoration)
  29. Rajabiyah
  30. Sabbagh
  31. Sabsabiyah
  32. Sanjakiyah
  33. Saqraqiyah
    (Needs 32,000$ for restoration)
  34. Shamsiyah
    (Needs 33,000$ for restoration)
  35. Shouhadaa
    (Needs 29,000$ for restoration)
  36. Tabshi
  37. Tadmouriyah (alias, Sanjar alHomsi, 725 H/1325 CE)
  38. Thahiriyah
    (Needs 44,000$ for restoration)
  39. Towashiyyah
    (Needs 30,000$ for restoration)

Demolished Madrassa

  1. Debban
  2. Haffar
  3. Joulaylatieyh
  4. Koudsi (Used at present as a store house)
  5. Masjed el-Wattar
  6. Nisr Bin Aajbour
  7. Rifaiyah (Different than the one mentioned above)
  8. Sibt el-Aattar
  9. Zoureykieyh

Churches & Cathedrals
  1. Beshara Catholic Church (Built 2nd half of the 19th century, restored 1992 CE)
  2. Evangelical National Babtist Church (Built 1973 CE)
  3. Latin Church
  4. Moutran Church
  5. Orthodoxe Armenian Church (Built 1963 CE)
  6. The Patriarchiate School
  7. Roum (Greek) Catholic Church
  8. Saint Efram Church for the Assyrian Orthodoxe (ElMina, Built 1957 CE)
  9. Saint Elie Orthodoxe Cathedral
  10. Saint John of the Pilgrims Mount Church
  11. Saint Jorjios Catholic Church (Built 1835 CE)
  12. Saint Jorjios (George) Orthodoxe Cathedral
  13. Saint Jorjios (George) Orthodoxe Church
  14. Saint Joseph Assyrian Catholic Church
  15. Saint Maroon
  16. Saint Mary Salvador Maronite Church (ElMina, built 1889 CE, restored 1991 CE)
  17. Saint Mary (Saydeh) Maronite Church (AlTabbanah)
  18. Saint Michael Maronite Church (near the old College des Freres, 1889 CE)
  19. Saint Michael Maronite Church (AlQobbah, 1926 CE)
  20. Saint Nicolas Greek Orthodoxe Church
  21. Saint Thomas Church (Crusader, demolished, the remains of which are in Baqar Island)

Khans (Caravansaries)
  1. Aarasat
  2. Aaskar
    (Needs 670,000$ for restoration)
  3. Batteekh
  4. Jadeed
  5. Jaweesh
  6. Khashab
  7. Khayyateen
  8. Loubiya
  9. Ma A
  10. Misriyyin
    (Needs 244,000$ for restoration)
  11. Roummanah
  12. Rouzz
  13. Saboun
    (Needs 300,000$ for restoration)
  14. Shai Ir
  15. Tamathili (ElMina)

Hammams (Turkish Baths)
  1. AlAattar (some traces)
  2. AlAbed
  3. AlAzem
  4. AlDawadar (Present)
  5. AlHajeb (Built by the Vice Sultan Governor Sayfuddeen Asandamor AlKurji 705 H/1305 CE)
  6. AlJadeed
  7. AlKarafish (Present within the Citadel)
  8. AlNouri
  9. AlNouzhah (Demolished)
  10. AlQadhi (Demoslished)
  11. Izzeddeen

Souks (Shopping Bazaars)
  1. Aattareen
  2. Bazerkan
  3. Haddadeen
  4. Haraj
    (Needs 309,000$ for restoration)
  5. Kameh
  6. Khoudar
  7. Koundarjiyah
  8. Nahhaseen
  9. Samak
  10. Sayyagheen

Towers
  1. Adas
  2. Aytmish [Prince]
  3. Baddaoui
  4. Barsbay
  5. Bohsas
  6. Magharibah
  7. Mansouri Great Mosque Tower
  8. Qaytbay [Sultan]
  9. Tarabay [Prince]
  10. Thahiri [Prince Julubban]

Palaces
  1. Azem Palace
  2. Prince Izeddeen Aybak alMawsili Palace
  3. Kastaflees Palace
  4. Khodr Agha Palace
  5. Mahkamah alShar'iyah (The historical Palace of Justice)
  6. Moghrabi Palace
  7. Nawfal Palace
  8. Sanjar alHomsi Palace
  9. Sayfeddine Altuntash Palace (video; the Dabbaghah District)
  10. Shanbour Palace

Districts
  1. Dabbaghah
  2. Homsi
  3. Mahatrah
    (Needs 12,000$ for restoration)
  4. Mallaha
  5. Nouri
  6. Ouwaynat
  7. Tabbanah
  8. Taht el Sibat
  9. Tarbihah

Other Categories
  1. Old Houses
    (Need 159,000$ for restoration)
  2. Soap Making Factories
    (Need 148,000$ for restoration)
  3. Statues
  4. Takiyyah el-Mawlawiyyah
    (Needs 48,000$ for restoration)
  5. Zawiyyah AlQaderiyyah
    (Needs 93,000$ for restoration)

Important Notes for Visitors
  • Wear comfortable sturdy shoes for a walk around the old town and the souks.
  • Women should be prepared with head scarves if they wish to visit mosques.
  • Although some of the monuments are kept locked, keys can usualy be obtained from a nearby shop.
  • When shopping in the old souks or downtown area, remember that gold is a good buy.

A Quick Touristic Guide for Sightseeing in Old Tripoli City

Click here to listen to the many audio stories, interviews, and seminars about the different monuments of Tripoli Lebanon.

Did you know that Tripoli is the second largest preserved Mameluke city in the world. Click here to listen to an Arabic real audio recording about this fact.

A total of 45 buildings in Tripoli, many dating back to the 14th century, are registered as historical sites although at least 200 are present. It is our wish that the registration of all historical monuments of Tripoli is to be achieved soon by the Ministries of Tourism and Culture in order to save most of these monuments from erosion and intended destruction. Efforts are also put to make UNESCO announce Tripoli as a 'Protected Historical City', such as Sana'a (Yemen) and Fez (Morroco). Some major monuments, such as the Mansouri Great Mosque, Taynal mosque, Jewellers' Bazaar, Tell Tower, Madrassah al-Saqraqyiah and Khan al-Khayyateen have been restored recently. Many other monuments Needs an urgent rescue. Click here to listen to details in Arabic real audio recording.


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