Great Mosque


Built on the site of a 12th-century Crusader cathedral and incorporating some of its features, this mosque has a magnificent entrance and an unusual minaret that was converted from the cathedral bell tower. Inside, a harmonious stone courtyard gives on to a surprisingly compact prayer hall covered by a cupola.

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1. Madrasa Al Qartawiyya

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Attached to the east side of the Great Mosque is Madrasa Al Qartawiyya, which was built by a Mamluk governor of the same name in the early 1300s, over the…

2. Madrasa Al Nouriyat

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On a little square in the vicinity of the Great Mosque, this religious school has distinctive black-and-white stonework and a beautiful inlaid mihrab …

3. Souq Al Attarin

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This long straight souq is fragrant with perfumes and spices. It segues into the main food-selling portion of the market area.

4. Souq Al Sayyaghin

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Tripoli's gold souq gleams bright with jewellery displayed in dozens of shopfronts. There are some very high-quality pieces, though they are mostly traded…

5. Khan As Saboun


In the centre of the souq, the Khan As Saboun was built in the 16th century and first used as an army barracks; since then, it has for generations…

6. Citadel of Raymond de Saint-Gilles

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Towering above Tripoli and the river, this Crusader fortress was originally built during the period from 1103 to 1104. Burned down in 1297, it was partly…

7. Al Muallaq Mosque

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You have to glance up to see this small and unusual 14th-century mosque with its delicate octagonal minaret. The prayer hall unusually stretches across…

8. Souq An Nahhassin

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Gleaming brassware characterises this market street, just outside the cramped central area of the souq. You'll need plenty of tenacity and elbow grease to…