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 comprehensive 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
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.
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
Various present aspects of Tripoli, Lebanon
- Tripoli Radio
An Internet Radio that features original on-demand programs about various aspects of Tripoli, Lebanon.
- Tripoli TV
An Internet TV that brings you original on-demand films about various aspects of Tripoli, Lebanon.
A quick reference about Tripoli in the Prehistorical, Persian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Crusade, 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 about Tripoli, Lebanon.
- Tourist Guide
A comprehensive tourist guide for sightseeing in 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
- Ramadhan / رمضان
The Holy Month of Ramadhan in Tripoli / شهر رمضان المبارك في طرابلس
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- Location: Sayyagheen Bazaar (Rommaneh district)
- Surface area: 150 m2
- Commissioned by: Unknown
- Date of construction: 8th century H/14th century CE
- Historical period: Mameluke
- Characteristics: The Towashiyyah Mosque was, originally, a school. It has a splendid portal with lots of radiation, decoration, and an Andalusian window. On top of the mihrab (sanctuary) there is a cushioned arch. Near the mosque there is a tomb. In 1999 CE, some rooms for studies (a school) were discovered and a pulpit was installed. It is
one of the city's later Mameluke buildings, and one of the
only ones to maintain the original smooth, white interior finish.
- Proprietor: Islamic Awqaf Directorate of Tripoli
Area covered by two cross vaults with the widening concave lines meeting in a central concave rosette.
Covered by a high ribbed dome on its exterior and interior with an alternation of wide and narrow sharp-edged ribs giving the whole a star-shaped effect; rests on an octagonal zone with
alternating open and blank spaces resting on four corner pendentives.
Simple cross vaulting.
|Architectural Features and Decorative Details
A striking feature is the resemblance of the gate of the Tuwayshiyah Madrasah to that of the Tankuziyyah Madrasah in Jerusalem. This similarity leads to the assumption that it was the same architect who probably constructed both gates.
Built of local sandstone with four courses of black stone for decoration; framed by a band of fish scale motif over gate and around top and side walls; on street line it runs at height of
Centrally placed; rises above the rest of the facade; decorative oculus above rectangular door surmounted by three courses of muqarnas with a shell motif on twisted colonettes at its
corners; topped by a festooned half-dome containing a radiating zigzag motif of carved stone.
Unadorned window at right of portal; at left of portal two simple windows at lower level and a central double window at upper level elaborately decorated with its concave fluted shell and
Plain with cushion voussoirs.
|Signs and Inscriptions
Towashiyyah Madrassa reveals no founding inscription; only inscriptions found on the tomb, badly damaged and out of order. They were deciphered by Prof. Omar Tadmouri (in his book Tarikh
wa Athar; look references).
|Neigbourhood of the Madrassa
Next to the school Prince Qartay constructed a quarter that includes several houses and shops, two bakeries, and a large house for him. He also designed two narrow streets that
start from the main market of the city, known as Tawaki market (Aattareen nowadays), leading to the two eastern gates of the Mansouri great mosque. The Prince was an excellent horse man
and interested in collecting weapons, that is why he built a basement with a secret door underneath his school, where he gathered kinds of arms.
At the Tuwashi Madrasa, plasterers take a
break from refinishing the interior walls. Its exterior also has been renovated in recent years.