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The Red Castle (Assaraya al-Hamra)

The Red castle, situated on the outskirts of the Old City in Tripoli, will definitely be a highlight of any visit to the capital city. The Assaraya al-Hamra is made up of a number of courtyards. The complex is a central part of Tripoli's skyline and contains a number of Ottoman style fountains and statues as well as the National Museum (Jamahiriya Museum) where you can view the Volkswagen Beetle once driven by Gadaffi. Other pieces in the museum include a number of artefacts from the Roman and Greek occupation as well as pieces from Libya's UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Sabratha and Leptis Magna. The castle also houses Libya's Department of Archaeology.

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The official language of Libya is Arabic (used for all official business), though some English is spoken, especially in the cities and tourist-orientated establishments.


The official currency is the Dinar (LYD), which is divided into 1, 000 dirhams. Credit cards have very limited acceptance (usually only in five-star hotels) and travellers cheques are not accepted, therefore it is advised to carry cash. ATMs are unreliable, though available in Tripoli. Banks are usually closed on Thursdays and Fridays. Currency can be exchanged at the airport or any bank in Tripoli.


Local time is GMT +2.

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