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Tripoli Presence

Modern Tripoli, which has a population of about 500’000, is divided into two parts: El-Mina (the port area and site of the ancient city) and the town of Tripoli proper. The medieval city at the foot of the Crusader Castle is where most of the historical sites are located. Surrounding this is a modern metropolis which is occupied with commerce, banking and recreation. The area known as Al-Tall, dominated by an Ottoman clock tower (built in 1901-1902) in the heart of downtown Tripoli, is the transportation center and terminus for most taxi routes. When shopping in the old Souks or downtown, remember that gold is a good buy, other popular items are Tripoli's famous sweets and traditional olive oil based soap, waterpipes and brasswork.

At the southern part of Tripoli lies the International Fair Ground extending over an area of 1 million m2, with its unique architecture and huge possibilities. Designed by the famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.

Today Tripoli remains prosperous. It is the second largest city in Lebanon and still an important port. Agriculture and small industries play a big role in the economy of Tripoli. It’s fertile soil was put to good work since the Mamluks. Presses extract oil from the olives harvested from the groves surrounding the city, and small factories make soap for export from the extracted oil. Sugar is extracted from the cane that Tripoli raised, sugar refining continued uninterrupted from the first Arab occupation through the Mamluks till today. Citrus, olive oil,and wool are the cities major exports.

 

 

 

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