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In Arabic, Tripoli is known as Tarabalus Al-Gharb (Tripoli of the West). Tripoli was known as Oea in ancient times. Established in the 7th century (as Oea), Tripoli became the capital of Libya in 1951.

The basic street plan of the old walled city was laid down in the Roman period. Impenetrable walls we constructed on the landside against attacks from Tripolitana and the interior. There are three gates providing access to the town, Bab Al-Barh in the north, Bab Zanata in the west wall and Bab Hawara on the south-east side. A new wall was built of the seaward side in the 8th century.

Narrow streets run through the old city and there are a number of restored houses, a synagogue and a consulate.

  • Last visit to Tripoli: Feb 2005
  • Intro Updated May 21, 2005
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  • craic's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2007 at 6:07 AM

    i would have thought it would have been super easy to buy a plain workaday abaya but there you go. life is full of surprises

  • starship's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2006 at 7:58 AM

    A very colorful city--contrast of old & new . VW Beetle--who would have guessed!! Good work!

  • omran's Profile Photo
    Aug 2, 2005 at 8:43 AM

    well done , and very helpful page , thanx for sharing :O)

  • aadil's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2005 at 4:12 AM

    Wouldn't your table cloth shopping be cheaper in India?!!! Lovely prehistoric caves art and the architecture and pottery pics are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your tips & pics with us on VT!!!

  • VideoDave's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2005 at 7:14 AM

    Thanks for setting out the history and culture of Tripoli - another great page :-)

  • Arkeolog's Profile Photo
    May 13, 2005 at 12:59 AM

    Great page! i especially liked the museum pics. great... bora

  • LadyJayne's Profile Photo
    May 13, 2005 at 12:51 AM

    Fascinating page - the history of this region is extremely interesting.


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