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  The Grand Mosque
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  • The Grand Mosque - Tripoli
      The Grand Mosque
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  • A new Grand Mosque - Tripoli
  • The original cathedral (Photo: MrL - 2000) - Tripoli
      The original cathedral (Photo: MrL - 2000)
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Tripoli's Grand Mosque started its life as a Roman Catholic Cathedral, built by the Italians in 1928 in a neo- Romanesque style in a new quarter of the city that is dominated by similarly Italianate style. Even after the Italians left and Libya became a Muslim monarchy it remained a Christian cathedral. It wasn't until the revolution of 1970 saw the country declared an Islamic Socialist state that the cathedral was converted to a mosque. The mosque has recently been completely restored and looks quite splendid with its gleaming facade of white marble and silvered dome.

The building remains something of a hybrid still, despite the crescent moons on the roof , the new porch built in front of the the main door, the new marble facade and the call of the muezzin drifting across the city from what was once the belltower. Built on a Christian axis that calls for the altar to face east to the rising sun, facing Mecca means the congreation must make diagonal lines across the carpeted floor. The whole square it sits on (now the Maidan al-Jezayir - Algeria Square) has a very European feel, especially in the colonnaded court to the side of the square with its tall white arcaded entry and its outdoor tables - a scene that really takes you back to Italy.

Address: Maidan al- Jezayir

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  • Updated Apr 11, 2007
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