Statue in the entrance - Venus
back to Tripoli is somewhat different than I
remembered it leaving Tripoli
- there is something different - traffic. It is no longer holiday season in Tripoli and there is a
lot more traffic now. It is not quite the chaos you will find in other cities
in the Middle East like Cairo or Damascus but there is a lot of traffic today
compared with the last time I were in Tripoli.
heading to Tripoli
to go and see the Museum before lunch but we are running late because of the
traffic. Well eventually we get to the town centre and head for the museum
right in the centre of town at the corner of the Green Square.
We go in and in here are
all the sights we have been seeing around Libya
so far - there are copies of rock art from the Sahara,
there are statues from Sabratha and there is a mentioning of the civilization
of the garamantian. Furthermore there are several pieces from Leptis
Magna where we will be going tomorrow and also a section about the
old Greek town of eastern Libya
where we have not been. Of course there is also a large section with gifts from
the great man himself The Leader - aka colonel Gadaffi. This museum got the
most treasured Gadaffi trophy anywhere in the world - his old VW beetle which
he used to drive in before the revolution which catapulted him to power -
obviously such a treasure will get the honour spot in the main room of the
museum - I mean who cares about seeing old antiquities when you can see The
Leaders very own old car.
A old grave
The cobber street
we head in to the old medina - I have spent time there before but it is
different today - first of all the city has gotten back to life now - it is no
longer a city which is severally marked by a holiday mood. It is also somewhat
different to go with a guide he actually points out a few things about how they
reused old roman columns in the old town - I had not really noticed all the old
roman column pieces all over the medina before - but now I start seeing them
all over the place - just because they are actually there.
We go for a
cup of coffee in a hotel in the old town right next to the arch of Marcus
Aurelius it is in one of the old buildings and we get to see how the old houses
were laid out - all build around a big courtyard with the parents living
downstairs with the kitchen, main room and guestroom and the sons living upstairs
with their wife's and kids.
in the medina is a mosque always a pretty sight to see the inside of and old
mosque somewhere of course it was partly modernised using an electric clock to
guide the times of the daily prayers and so on but except for this is was an
old fashion mosque.
Tripoli Sights & Attractions review
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 col… read entire review