km north of
is the capital of the north of
ancient Tripolis have got this name because it used to be the center of a
Phoenician confederation with Sidon
, Tyr and
, which mean three cities.
is one of the oldest human
existence residues it self, but nothing remain from the old days, the
Mamluks dynasty did away in fact with all residues of previous times.
However, the little that has remained from the two preceding centuries
certainly deserves the attention of the visitor. Such as the Crusader
ruins, represented with the St Gilles citadel. At the foot of the fortress
a small community nestled, which eventually became the centre of the
current city. Coquetted by the Muslims, Tripoli
became a Muslim city, above the main gateway built by the Crusaders. The
Ottomans came after the Mamluks, and most of the ruins in the city go back
to that era.
five buildings in the town, many dating from the 14th century
have been registered as historical sites; twelve mosques from Mamluk and
Ottoman era have survived beside an equal number of Madrassas or Muslim
theological schools. Secular buildings incorporate the Hammam or Bathing
House, which followed the traditional model of Roman-Byzantine baths, and
the Khan or Caravansary. The Souks, with the Khans, form an agglomeration
of various trades where tailors, jewelers, perfumers, tanners and
soap-makers work in surroundings that have changed very little over the
last 500 years.
known for the traditional Lebanese patisserie, on each corner of the city,
sweets Shops selling Baklawa, Halawet-el-Jebn, trust me, and you won’t
resist the big variety of sweets prepared in the very traditional Tripoli