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Mediaeval Fantasy

Tripoli, Tarablous in Arabic, represents yet another aspect of Lebanon's multi-layered heritage. It is an authentic Middle Eastern city with an intriguing souk (bazaar) and a fascinating old city boasting numerous examples Mamluke-period architecture. Towering above the old town is the Castle of Raymond de Saint Gilles, one of many remaining reminders of the city's Crusader past. Although the city's history dates back to at least 1400 BC, little of the ancient city remains, with the exception of a few Roman-period Corinthian columns hidden within its mediaeval architecture. Despite its pronounced Middle Eastern character, the city's modern name is attributable to the Ancient Greeks who called it Tripolis, "Three Cities", for the three colonies established here by traders from Sidon, Tyre and Aradus. Destroyed repeatedly by earthquakes and invasions, Tripoli has a tortured history as it passed hands from one empire to the next, and as in the rest of Lebanon, recent memory has also been tumultuous. During each of my three visits to Tripoli, I have found myself mesmerised by Old Tripoli's labyrinthine alleys that carry the scents of perfumed soap, aromatic spices, fresh produce, and baked bread.

Lebanon itinerary in March 2005:

Beirut - Beqaa Valley - Baalbek - Aanjar - Liban Nord (northern Lebanon) - El Arz - Tripoli - Mont Liban - Byblos - Tyre - Sidon

Lebanon itinerary in November 2005:

Beirut - Liban Nord (northern Lebanon) - Tripoli - Beqaa Valley - Baalbek - Aanjar - Mont Liban - Byblos

Lebanon & Syria itinerary in Dec 2009/Jan 2010:

Beirut - Liban Nord - Tripoli - Byblos - Beqaa Valley - Aanjar - Damascus - Baalbek - Mont Liban - Tyre - Sidon

  • Last visit to Tripoli: Dec 2009
  • Intro Updated Jan 10, 2010
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  • Delia_Madalina's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    I had to come back to your pages. I'm at my 4th trip to Lebanon will be there in 2 weeks) and still haven't been anywhere South from Saida. Wonderful page...again. :)

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2008 at 4:26 AM

    Thanks for the tour of Old Tripoli. Looks fascinating!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2007 at 6:42 AM

    great page, I love the pics

  • etfromnc's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2006 at 2:34 PM

    What do you do that allows you to spend so much time in the Middle East? I love Lebanon but must admit that I am a bit afraid of that area now.

  • rubbersoul75's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2006 at 12:40 AM

    Thanks for the tour of Tripoli and Mamluk architecture. Good intro to the City! Ci vediamo

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2006 at 10:19 PM

    I loved Tripoli too - wish I'd taken a pic of the vegetable sellers with their stalls set up in the colours of the Lebanese flag - lettuces, white onions and radishes - they were great. leyle

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