Libyaís capital has retained much of its
historical heritage; Tripoliís old walled city is a picturesque African jumble
of narrow alleyways leading to traditional mosques, houses and khans (public
houses). The architecture is a fusion of the countryís many rulers and includes
Turkish, Spanish, Maltese and Italian influences. Worth seeing is the ancient
Marcus Aurelian Arch, the Al Nagha and Ahmed Pash mosques, and some of the many
vibrant souqs (markets) in the heart of Medina (Tripoliís centre).
Situated on a promontory above the city is Assai al-Hamra (Red Castle); a spectacular fortress stretching over an area of approximately 13,000 sq metres, that houses a maze of courtyards and buildings. Next to the castle on the Green Square is the Jamahiriya Museum that was designed in conjunction with UNESCO. Classical artefacts such as ancient mosaics and statues are among the extensive collection displayed here. Visitors to the city can also enjoy a number of beautiful Mediterranean beaches.
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