Tourist Attractions - Tripoli


Location:  85 Kilometers from Beirut.
Era: Phoenician, Persian, Roman, Crusaders and Islamic.  


Other sites to explore:

  1. Church of St. John of the Pilgrims Mount.

  2. Mosques: The Great Mosque, Taynâl Mosque, Al-Muallaq Mosque, Burtasiyat Madrassa-Mosque.

  3. Khan El Khayatein, Khân Al-Misriyyîn and Soak- Al Hariri.

Tripoli (Trablos in Arabic), known as the capital of the North has a history that goes back to the 9th century B.C., when the Phoenicians founded it as a trade center. The city has at least 45 registered historical sites, many of which are Islamic, with more than 12 mosques, Islamic theological schools, hammamat (public bath)...etc.
The city had gained importance for different reasons. For Alexander the Great, it was a maritime fortress, a commercial and vessel-building site for the Ommayyads and a Center for Learning during the Fatimid dynasty. But for the Crusaders, Tripoli was actually the capital of the "Country of Tripoli'.

One of Tripoli's milestones is the Citadel of Tripoli. The Castle is famous for having survived several rulers, each of whom had left significant architectural changes and signature marks on the walls and the buildings of the fortress. The Citadel has an octagonal Fatimid construction that was converted to a church by the Crusaders. It also has some Crusader features dating from the 12th-13th centuries, Other additions where made by the Mamlukes and the Ottoman in the 14th and the 16 centuries, respectively.
A great example of the heritage of Islamic architecture is Hammam Al Jadid or the New Bath which was built around 1740, and is considered the largest Hammam in Tripoli.