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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
Rue Tell, the major thoroughfare that passes by the Ottoman Clock Tower, has numerous small local eateries that sell... more travel advice
A tiny mosque, Tahhan was built over a set of shops in the souk of Tripoli. The mosque dates from either the late... more travel advice
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