Tripoli is a city of many parts. It has a nostalgic reputation for revolution, freedom, beauty and survival.
The Al Saraya al-Hamra, also known as Red Castle, is a landmark situated at the corner of the medina and parades a labyrinth of courtyards, alleyways and houses, surrounded by high defensive walls. It was built at the site of the Roman Castrum, the Roman fortified camp, in the 7th century. Libya’s national museum, also known as Tripoli’s Jamahiriya museum showcases many of Libya’s ancient monuments. The museum is so large in size and has five floors with each parading an amazing range of Greek and Roman mosaics. It’s a beautiful place to visit.
Freedom Square is another historic location in Tripoli which became famous as the epicentre of the 2011 revolution against the Gadhafi regime. No one should leave Tripoli without getting there. Be sure to visit the Arch of Marcus Aurelius, located in the centre of Tripoli (near the Ex-Green Square and the Old Medina). Despite the revolution, the Arch still stands firm, and at night, the atmosphere around it feels very much like that of the Plaka in Athens.
Don’t forget to pop in to ever busy and bustling Medina. It’s literally the heart of Tripoli and you’ll love every moment spent here. There’s so much to see, do and buy. The high point of Tripoli are the beautiful street murals which can be found almost everywhere in the city. These are paintings on the street walls regarding the revolution’s history; and convey strong emotions through its various themes.
Other must-see locations in Tripoli include the Gurgi Mosque, Al-Mina port, Taynal Mosque, the Clock Tower, Souk Al-Harajb, Planetarium and the Tripoli Zoo.