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Tripoli City

Tripoli City



Libya is the capital city of Libya situated in northwestern part of the country along the Mediterranean coast. It is the country’s largest city and chief seaport with an area of 400 km2.

History of the City

Tripoli was founded in the 7th century BC by the Phoenicians who named it Oea. Due to the city’s long history there are many sites of archaeological significance in Tripoli.

Later half of the 2nd century BC Tripoli belonged to the Romans who included it in their province of Africa and gave it the name of Regio Syrtica. Around the beginning of the 3rd century AD, it became known as the Regio Tripolitana, meaning “region of the three cities”.

Tripoli was controlled by Italy until 1943 when the provinces of Tripolitania and Cyrenaica were captured by Allied forces. The city fell to troops of the British Eighth Army on 23 January 1943. Tripoli was then governed by the British until independence in 1951. Under the terms of the 1947 peace treaty with the Allies, Italy relinquished all claims to Libya

On 15 April 1986, U.S. President Ronald Reagan ordered major bombing raids dubbed Operation El Dorado Canyon against Tripoli and Benghazi killing 45 Libyan military and government personnel as well as 15 civilians. This strike followed US interception of telex messages from Libya’s East Berlin embassy suggesting the involvement of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in a bomb explosion on 5 April in West Berlin’s La Belle discotheque, a nightclub frequented by US servicemen. Among the alleged fatalities of the 15 April retaliatory attack by the United States was Gaddafi’s adopted daughter, Hannah.

United Nations sanctions against Libya were lifted in 2003, which increased traffic through the Port of Tripoli and had a positive impact on the city’s economy.


Tripoli City covers an area of 400 km² with an estimated population of over 2.2 millionpeople.

Transport system

Tripoli has various means of transport which include;Shared taxis operate from the centre of the capital to most of the other areas in the capital, bus travels from one area to another and stops at designated stops and air transport with International Airport located within 34 kilometers south of Tripoli is located in the town of Ben Ghashir

Attractions in Tripoli

The following are major tourist attractions of Tripoli City

  • Red Castle Museum
  • Tripoli Zoo
  • Gurgi Mosque
  • Museum of Libya
  • The Arch of Marcus Aurelius
  • Tripoli’s Medina
  • Street Murals
  • Tripoli’s Jamahiriya Museum
  • Fish Market
  • Martyrs’ Square
  • Pottery Stalls of Gharyan

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