Tripoli , is the largest city in northern Lebanon and the second-largest city in the country. Situated 85 kilometres (53 miles) north of the capital Beirut, it is the capital of the North Governorate and the Tripoli District. Tripoli overlooks the eastern Mediterranean Sea, and it is the easternmost seaport in Lebanon.

It holds offshore a string of four small islands, the only surviving islands of Lebanon. The largest of these islands, the Island of Palm Trees, was declared a protected reserve by UNESCO in 1992 for its rich ecosystem of trees, green sea turtles, and exotic birds. With the history of Tripoli dating back to the 14th century BCE, it is home to the largest fortress in Lebanon (the Citadel of Raymond de Saint-Gilles), and continues to be the second largest city (behind Cairo) in Mamluk architectural heritage.

In ancient times, it was the center of a Phoenician confederation which included Tyre, Sidon and Arados, hence the name Tripoli, meaning “triple city” in Greek. Later, it was controlled successively by the Assyrian Empire, Persian Empire, Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Caliphate, the Seljuk Empire, Crusader States, the Mamluks, the Ottoman Empire and France. The Crusaders established the County of Tripoli there in the 12th century.

1-First things come first: You can’t begin your Tripolitan journey without trying Arabic Sweets.

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2- Stroll in the city historic souks and discover the spirit of the ancient city of Tripoli.

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3- Tripoli is famous for its soap industry. A visit to  Khan el Masriyin soap maker is a most.

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4- Nothing beats the view of Tripoli from St Gilles Castle

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5- Visit different Mosque in Tripoli that goes back to Mamlouki, Ottoman era

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6- The Ottoman Clock was a gift to Tripoli back in 1901

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7- Tripoli have 5 hammams, 3 Mamluk and 2 Ottoman.

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8- the Takkiya Al Mawlawiyya of Tripoli is the largest of the seven takkiya outside of Turkey.

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9- The Grand Mosque with its Italian architectural Minaret is a real jewel in Tripoli

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10- Enjoy typical Tripolitan street food

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