The modern Port of Tripoli is far away from the stress of modern life. With great beaches nearby, the city has a long and rich history revealed by the many archaeological digs and monuments. The wonderful Mediterranean climate offers cool winters, modest rain, and many long hot and dry summer days.
The old walled city, the Medina, is classic. The streets follow the Roman practice where landward walls protected the city from inland attacks. An 8th Century wall built by the Muslim rulers protects the city from sea attacks. Three gates controlled access to the Port of Tripoli: Bab Zanata, Bab Hawara, and Bab Al-Bahr. The old walls and gates still stand, and the old section contains some restored consulates, houses, and a synagogue as well as several beautiful mosques.
Still dominating the skyline, the Red Castle, Al-Saraya Al-Hamra, occupies an earlier pre-Roman site. The castle contains a library and museum and offers wonderful views of the city. The national Jamahiriya Museum within the Castle focuses on the ancient history and archaeology of Libya, including the Phoenician, Greek, Roman, and Islamic periods, with many fascinating artifacts.
Travelers who want to visit the Port of Tripoli and northern Libya by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises on the Cruise Compete website.
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