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Tripoli

Country
Lebanon
State
Beirut
City
Tripoli
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

Lebanon’s Beirut International Airport receives airlines from many world destinations and it is the country’s premier airport.Tyre International Airport which has one terminal that handles both international and domestic flights,largely serviced by major international and Lebanese airlines.Tripoli International Airport which has two terminals which serves the central Lebanon.

By Bus

From Beirut's Charles Helou station,you can either take a bus you might have to wait 20 minutes for the bus to get full,Share a Taxi with others or hire your own taxi You'll pay for 4 people.

Key places to visit
Al Muallaq Mosque, Soap Khan, Bakar Islands, Palm Islands Nature Reserve, Beshara Catholic Church, Al-Tell Clock Tower, Aattar Mosque, Rachid Karami Exhibition


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Places to Visit

Al Muallaq Mosque

Is translated as “the Hanging Mosque,” named so because of its location on the second floor. It was established in the 16th century by the Ottoman governor of Tripoli, Mahmud ibn Lufti, during the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent.Note: According to Islamic tradition, non-Muslims are typically not allowed to enter mosques or sacred sites.However, non-Muslim visitors may be able to visit the courtyard gardens and may find someone they can ask for permission to enter.Visitors should be appropriately attired and remove their shoes before entering.Entry is not permitted during prayer hours and not permitted at any time during the month of Ramadan.

Soap Khan

Was built at the beginning of the seventeenth century by Yusuf al-Saifi, pasha of Tripoli.Originally it was intended to serve as a military barracks to garrison Ottoman troops and it was purposely built in the center of the city to enable the pasha to control any uprising.It is a large imposing rectangular structure with two story arcaded corridors running around a fountain courtyard.The outer walls had a number of loopholes and arrow slits for defense purposes.In front of the building was an arched portal, flanked by stone benches for the pasha’s guards.A white marble plaque commemorates the building of this splendid military barracks of Tripoli.During the battle of Anjar,Yusuf Pasha was taken prisoner.

Bakar Islands

It is locally known as Abdulwahab Island ,as the island was leased to Adel& Khiereddine Abdulwahab as a shipyard, since the Ottoman rule, till this day ,a well known ship & marine contractors of the times. Also known as St Thomas Island during the Crusades. It is the closest to the shore and can be accessed via a bridge that was built in 1998.

Palm Islands Nature Reserve

This is the largest of the islands with an area of 20 hectares.The name "Araneb" or Rabbits comes from the great numbers of rabbits that were grown on the island during the time of the French mandate early in the 20th century.It is now a nature reserve for green turtles,rare birds and rabbits. Declared as a protected area by UNESCO in 1992, camping, fire building or other depredation is forbidden.In addition to its scenic landscape,the Palm Island is also a cultural heritage site. Evidence for human occupation,dated back to the Crusader period, was uncovered during 1973 excavations by the General Directorate of Antiquities.

Rachid Karami Exhibition

It was designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.Its Construction was put on hault in 1975 due to the outbreak of the Lebanese civil war and was never recommenced.It contains 15 buildings by Niemeyer on approximately 10,000 hectare,and is located on Tripoli's southern entrance.The whole complex is currently deserted,there has been some plans to revive and re-plan it,but was all unsuccessful due to political but mainly because it ruins the current architecture.

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