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Tripoli Lebanon by Night

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Tripoli by Night

Sunset sky in Tripoli

A majestic sky caressing Tripoli at sunset time.

Nour Square

The first landmark that we encountered in Tripoli as we arrived from south (Beirut), is the Nour (light) Square (also named AbdulHameed Karameh Square). Nour square changes its skin everyday. At daytime, the square witnesses the busiest traffic of Tripoli. As soon as the sun travels away, Nour square starts shining to silently welcome the night.

Municipality Fountain

After passing the Nour Square, we continued north through the boulevard until the cross point of Azmi street. There we went east (right) to reach the Tell Square. On our way, we sensed the refreshing drizzles of the Municipality Fountain, surrounded from the north by the Municipal palace and from south by the Menshiyeh Park.

The Tell Clocktower

The first historical monument we visited is the Tell Clocktower, a late Ottoman construction. It overlooks the busy Tell (or Jamal AbdulNasser) Square.

The Tell Clocktower was recently renovated and its bells started ringing after a long silence expressing its sorrow to lose its friend: The Tell Saray. A famous Ottoman building that once occupied the area of the actual Tell square and was a victim of ignorance and negligence.

The Tell Square

We left the Tell Clocktower heading to the Nejmeh Square. Most shops are closed except fast-food restaurants (Shawerma, falafel, etc..). This does not seem to affect the never resting traffic.

The Moghrabi Palace

The second non-sleeping area of Tripoli is the Nejmeh Square and its surrounding streets.

The Nejmeh Area

There are not many shops open as in Tell Area, but the traffic heading up to Abou Samra hill and the sound of the hubble-bubbles (Narjileh) of Tripolitan overnighters enjoying the fresh breeze coming from the mountains gives a feeling of a warm welcome in this business center in Old Tripoli.

The Tripoli Citadel

We followed the traffic and went up through the Refa'iyeh alley. After few minutes and few turns in Abou Samra district, we reached the famous Tripoli Citadel.

The Tripoli Citadel

The Tripoli Citadel is one of the largest and oldest military fortresses in Lebanon. It was founded by the Arab commander "Sufyan ben Mujib alAzdi" in 636 CE.

The Tripoli Citadel

The Tripoli Citadel was subsequently enlarged by the Crusades, Mamelukes, and Ottomans.

The Tripoli Citadel

The present state of this large fortress (130 meters long and 70 meters wide) is largely the result of extensive restoration work by the Ottoman Sultan "Selim ben Selim the First", who commissioned the construction of the northern tower that includes the main gate, and Mustapha Barbar Agha, governor of Tripoli at the beginning of the 19th century.

The Tripoli Citadel

When looking at the Citadel from the Center of Tripoli, the Citadel resembles a crown placed on the head of a king. This, in fact, was the idea behind its construction in that place: To survey the city and follow the slightest disturbance in the sea caused by unwanted visitors and pirates.

The Fayha'a Statue

We left the Citadel to visit the modern districts of Tripoli. At the beginning of the Mina Road, we encountered an interesting new statue that represents the lemon tree leaves, an important symbol in Tripoli. Until a recent time, orchards of lemon trees occupied large areas of Tripoli. In spring time and when the lemon flowers mature, they spread a very pleasant odor that perfumes Tripoli for several days, that is why Tripoli is also known as alFayha’a (the city with a pleasant odor). Unfortunately, these orchards no more exist and the refreshing phenomenon is now considered as a history in this modern place.

The Tripoli International Fair

From the Mina road, we took some sideways to visit the Tripoli International Fair (Rasheed Karameh Exhibition Center). At first sight, it looks like a ball of light emerging from a black sea. The superb view of Tripoli from the Abou Samra hill did not stop us from looking back at where we were few minutes before.

The Tripoli International Fair

As we advance to the exhibition center, we noticed the large parking areas that made us guess the size giant construction we were about to visit. When we continued our tour around the Tripoli International Fair, one of the largest exhibition centers of the Middle East, we encountered a second large parking area. Surprisingly, it turned out to be the parking for a five-star hotel that was recently inaugurated in the area.

The 5-stars Hotel at the Tripoli International Fair

We did not envy of course the residents of the hotel for the silent view they are enjoying because our aim was to visit a new bustling area.

The City Complex

We took new sideways to access the Mina road again. In less than a minute we found ourselves in front of a modest and modern shopping mall: The City Complex. Most of the visitors of the complex are teenagers, this is considered as one of their favorite places to get together, because of the availability of fast-food restaurants, cafes, and cinema halls.

To be continued!

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