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Tripoli Old Town (and Gates)

Bab Al-Bahr, Bab Zanata and Bab Hawara are the Old City's north, west and southeast gates. The old city is an open-air museum filled with beautiful old buildings and exquisite pieces of architecture from Tripoli's long and tumultuous colonial history particularly the Roman and Greek periods. Visitors are able to climb the city walls and the top offers up spectacular views of both the Old City and the rest of Tripoli. The top of the city walls also offer great photo opportunities for those wishing to capture the Red Castle in all its glory as well as the many minarets scattered across the skyline, especially those of Gurgi and Karamanli mosques.

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Tripoli, Old City


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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