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    Getting around, just for help. . .

    by kokoryko Written Oct 25, 2006

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    Favorite thing: I found one map only of Tripoli, which covers only the city centre. I did not use it (there are mistake, like the location of the big Mosque); I used a A3 print of a satellite image (Google Earth), to find may way, but generally I went where my feet took me, and just used the image to go back to the hotel at night. I have indicated a few spots I visited on the maps, it may help to get around if it happens one of the readers goes to Tripoli. . .

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    The Lider Maximo is everywhere !

    by kokoryko Written Oct 25, 2006

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    In the Bordj al Fatah tower
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    Favorite thing: Political rulers exercising cult of personality are on the way of extinction, but here, in Tripoli, the dinosaur is a very resisting one, and he shows up everywhere on any occasion.
    On the first picture one you see him in the Bordj al Fatah tower commercial centre, wearing a very smart white dress, raising his revolutionary fist, displayed in a very tasteful tile work.
    On picture 2, he is in front of Idriss’s palace, raising again his fist, wearing a nice modern desert keffiah above a map of the great Arab Nation.
    Picture 3 shows our leader at Algeria square (from far, sorry), looking for a bright future besides a map of whole Africa, as he always communicates his love for all his African brothers (he even visited them, in the south, in Chad, without being asked, by surprise, in 1980).
    He is waiting early morning at the entrance of the Medina, celebrating 36 years of Jamahiriya, waving at all visitors who will come to the Medina on picture 4.
    He is watching everything is going well in the port on picture5.
    Well, a bit sarcastic, but I am not used to have a guy watching me all times where ever I go and the local population, I do not really know how they receive these messages, may be they do not really care, it is part of the landscape to have these displays everywhere.

    Fondest memory: Funny, in some way. . .

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    The Medina

    by iwys Updated Apr 23, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The Medina is my favourite part of Tripoli. Until the end of the nineteenth century it WAS Tripoli. Since then the city has expanded beyond its walls. It is still by far the most interesting part of the city, with many historical buildings, mosques, churches, old consulates, souqs, alleyways and Roman ruins.

    65,000 people still work inside the Medina, mostly as craftsmen in small workshops. You can see coppersmiths, silversmiths etc at work as you wander around. This is very much a place where local people go to shop.

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    Tripoli Harbour

    by iwys Updated Mar 10, 2007

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    Favorite thing: In Tripoli Harbour is one of the best natural harbours on the Mediterranean. It was the site of the famous Battle of Tripoli Harbour of 1803-04, during the First Barbary War between the United States and Tripoli. During this battle, which was actually a naval blockade by the United States fleet, the USS Philadelphia and USS Intrepid were both destroyed. The officers and men of the Philadelphia were taken as slaves by Yousef Karamanli, the Ottoman pasha of Tripoli.

    Nowadays, you are just as likely to see a tourist cruise ship here as an oil tanker. There was a different cruise ship nearly every day when I was staying in Tripoli. You can get great views of the harbour from the upper floors of the Funduq al-Kebir.

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    Mosaics

    by iwys Updated Apr 23, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Tripoli's National Jamahiriya Museum houses a superb collection of mosaics, mostly from the 2nd century AD. These mosaics were usually used to decorate the floors of Roman villas, They are made from small pieces of marble, limestone and terracotta, called tesserae, fitted together rather like a jigsaw puzzle.

    The most famous of these is the Four Seasons mosaic from the Villa Dar Buc Ameera near Leptis Magna. In it the four seasons are represented by winged maidens, known in classical mythology as the Horae or goddesses of the seasons. Each wears a seasonal wreath. Winter, at the top, wears a wreath of reeds, Spring wears blossoms, Summer, on the right, a wreath of wheat and Autumn, at the bottom, wears grapes. She also has a bunch of grapes pinned to her right shoulder and hanging down over her breast.

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    Algeria Square

    by iwys Written Mar 10, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Algeria Square, or Maidan al-Jezayir, is one of the nicest places to sit and relax in Tripoli. There is a traditional cafe serving tea and coffee on one side of the square from which you can see the grand Italian colonial buildings, like the former cathedral. It is much less hectic here than in the Medina.

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    Tripoli: the old city...

    by batman2000bc Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Tripoli: the old city
    Tripoli Medina is an ancient walled city, dating from Roman times. Its high walls were originally built on the landward side to repel attacks from the interior, and these survived many invasions throughout the centuries.
    The city's sea-facing wall is less ancient, however, as it was built in the 8th century by Tripoli's Muslim ruler.
    There are three large gates built into the city walls: Bab Zanata on the western side, Bab Hawara on the south-eastern side, and Bab al-Bahr on the northern side.
    The city's basic street plan is Roman in design and consists of many narrow, criss-cross streets and small, blind alleyways. The latter were often useful to confuse would-be attackers, and to seal off areas used by extended families. Through roads in the old city are mostly unroofed, but with the buildings supported at intervals by buttresses, which also serve to shade the pedestrian from the sun.
    Windows facing on to the public street are disappointingly plain, to curb the interest of the curious and to maintain the privacy much prized by all Middle Eastern families. Interior doors, windows and courtyards are, however, much more ornate, with beautiful archways in both Roman and Islamic style, and much elaborate tile, wood and plasterwork.
    The old city contains seven beautiful mosques, featuring much impressive architectural detail. The castle, known as Al-Saraya al-Hamra is located on a pre-Roman site in the eastern section of the old city, and dominates the Tripoli skyline. This was once the residence of the ruling families, and contains both public and private quarters, including a large harem, where the women of the family were segregated from the outside world.
    In the days when Tripoli was filled with merchants and camel caravans plying the Saharan trade routes, the old city was the site of several large inns, known as serais or funduqs. Here, merchants lodged with their goods and camels, in accommodation surrounding a large courtyard. Several of these serais are still in existence today. They are considerably less ornate in their decoration than the private houses, but still provide interesting insights into the customs of a bygone age.
    After Libyan independence in 1951, many traditional families moved out of the old city to occupy houses and apartments formerly used by the departing Italian population. These newer houses were equipped with better sanitation, water supply and other facilities, and the houses in the old city were left abandoned. Most fell into a sorry state of disrepair, as a result of neglect and encroaching damp, and by the mid-1970s, these fragile and beautiful buildings lay in ruins. A project to restore key buildings and to chronicle the city's history was then inaugurated by the Libyan authorities. This has been undertaken very successfully, with the result that the main mosques, synagogues and consular houses in the old city have been fully restored to their former glories. A research workshop and library have also been established in the old city.

    Fondest memory: Tripoli: the modern city
    During the 18th century, or perhaps a little earlier, the city of Tripoli overspilled its original walls. This outer area was redeveloped in the early 20th century by the Italians, who created a set of administrative buildings, official residences and general residential areas for the Italian colonial population.
    The street plan consisted of straight thoroughfares, radiating from Green Square in front of the castle. A cathedral and financial district adjoined the main souq, and the 'garden city' thus formed was affluent and pleasant.
    With the 1969 revolution, dramatic changes took place in the city of Tripoli. Colonial influence and European heritage were now seen as less than desirable. Street names were changed, all signs were written in Arabic only and the cathedral was closed. An enormous influx of the Libyan populace into the city resulted in a five-fold increase in Tripoli's population during the seventies and eighties. To accommodate this huge increase, many new suburbs sprang up all around, and a lack of planning resulted in a sprawling metropolitan area with severe traffic congestion at peak times.
    In the late 1980s some civil service personnel were removed from the capital to other sites, and this eased the traffic problem slightly. City expansion continues, however, and many people commute into its centre from outlying towns, many travelling between 60 and 80 kilometres to and from work each day.
    Traffic congestion is still a major problem and extra travelling time should therefore be allowed by those intending to keep business appointments.
    The city centre is still Green Square in front of the castle, and most of the major commercial streets lead off from it. The former palace of the late King Idris is situated at the southern end of Sharah Mohammed Magarief, one of Tripoli's two main streets, about 500m south of the former cathedral. It is now known as the People's Palace, and is used by Colonel Qaddifi's political activists. The former cathedral is now used as a mosque.
    The coast road, which traverses the old harbour area, has no buildings and is chiefly used by traffic travelling eastward.

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    Green Square

    by iwys Updated Mar 20, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Green Square is Tripoli's main square. It is known in Arabic as Al Sahah al-Kadrah. On its west side is the Red Castle and the entrance to the Medina, while to the north is the Corniche. On the southern and eastern sides it is flanked by Italian colonial buildings. It is mostly a great expanse of tarmac, a bit like a smaller version of Tianenmen Square, but it is decorated with Libyan flags and palm trees.

    This is where Tripoli's crowds gather for important events, such as speeches by the Leader.

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    Museum - statue

    by grets Written May 1, 2005

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    Statue

    Favorite thing: After the death of your parents, it was normal practice to take a mask of their faces, which you will wear on the anniversary of their death. After the first year, you will then make a statue to represent them.

    This particular statue came from the Hadriatic Baths - Hadrian had his boyfriend's head put on an existing statue.

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    Maidan Essa

    by iwys Updated Mar 23, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Maidan Essa, or Jesus Square, is one of the nicest places in Tripoli. In it there is an outdoor cafe, the Ottoman Clock Tower, Souq Mushir and the entrance to Souq Ghizdir.

    If you enter the Medina from Green Square, you will see Maidan Essa, straight ahead, after about 100 metres.

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    Museum - Mausoleum

    by grets Written May 1, 2005

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    Mausoleum

    Favorite thing: This tomb was found in Ghirza and dates from the Roman era. The idea of the mausoleum was invented by a Greek woman to ensure her husband beacme immortal. The tomb contains a false door to ensure the spirit is able to freely travel in and out. The subjects would have been buried in the foetal position.

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    Museum - Petroglyph

    by grets Written May 1, 2005

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    Petroglyph

    Favorite thing: This representation of a crocdile from the phase of the wild animals, is one of the few originals in this room of the museum. Most other exhibits are copies. This dates from the 7th millennia BC. Pretty old.

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    Museum - Rock art

    by grets Written May 1, 2005

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    Rock art

    Favorite thing: This rock painting dates from the neolithic period, some 20,000 years BP (Before Present). The earliest known civilisations in Libya have been estimated to date back 100,000 years. This picture shows the introduction of cultivation, domestication of animals and the making of pottery.

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    Museum - Mosaics # 4

    by grets Written May 1, 2005

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    Mosaics

    Favorite thing: The central square mosaics from the 1st century was set in a tray for easy removal and selling. Here it has been inserted into a younger floor mosaic from a 2nd century villa. Notice how it has not been set into the middle of the gap.

    Such a pice of mosaic would take a craftmena maybe one week to complete.

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    Museum - Emblem

    by grets Written May 1, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The crescent moon originates as an emblem of Byzantinium, not Arab Muslim as is popularly believed. It was only used in mosques after the Turks invaded Arab countries in the 15th centuries.

    The fish - in Greek ICHTUS = Jesus Christ, Lord of the Saviour - was the secret emblem of the Christians in the 2nd century during the time of the persecution. You can also see the hedera (ivy lef) insignia of Christianity sperading throughout the world.

    This was found in a church in the desert.

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