Jamahiriya Museum Tripoli Reviews
Jan 03, 2008
Libya hasn't got a lot of big museum with lots of antiquities from all around the world. What they do have in the Tripoli museum is the world best collection of Libyan antiquities. From ancient days to the present. And it is very easy to find being in the centre of town right at the Green Sqaure in the Old fortrest which used to protect the city.
The ground flour of the museum covers the ancient periods from the old civilizations in the Sahara up until the Romans period. There is a wealth of different statues from the ancient cities along the north coast of Libya like Sabratha, Leptis Magna and Cyrene. Included in the collection are besides countless statues also some really nice examples of mosaics from the old cities. On the ground floor you will also find the museums most treasured possesion - Gadaffi old VW Beetle which he drove around in back in the 60s before the revolution.
The mezzanine flour covers the period of the Byzantines rule in Libya. To be honest if you are running short of time there is no reason to walk up to the two top flours - the second flour gives a introduction to the Islamic period in Libya and the top is mainly a praise to the current regime all most entirely in Arabic.
For those who do not have the time to get down and see all of Libya the museum will present some of the highlights and give you a pretty good idea about what you are missing.
Part of the Wonders of Libya travel blog
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