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Statue in the entrance - Venus

The road 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.

 

We are 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.

A old grave
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.
The cobber street

 

After lunch 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.

 

Last stop 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.

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Statue in the entrance - Venus
Statue in the entrance - Venus
A old grave
A old grave
The cobber street
The cobber street
Mosaic in the entrance to the muse…
Mosaic in the entrance to the mus…
Mosaic
Mosaic
Closer look at it
Closer look at it
Closer look at it
Closer look at it
The full mosaic
The full mosaic
Selected parts if the mosaic
Selected parts if the mosaic
Selected parts if the mosaic
Selected parts if the mosaic
The old market where the caravans …
The old market where the caravans…
A reused column using three differ…
A reused column using three diffe…
The covered suq
The covered suq
An old man in the suq
An old man in the suq
Random street in the medina
Random street in the medina
Cool door
Cool door
Old Roman columns on a street corn…
Old Roman columns on a street cor…
Columns at the street corner
Columns at the street corner
Tree of the four columns at this s…
Tree of the four columns at this …
Door of a Jewish house in the medi…
Door of a Jewish house in the med…
Marcus Arelius arch - yeah yeah I …
Marcus Arelius arch - yeah yeah I…
Top part of the arch
Top part of the arch
Inside the mosque
Inside the mosque
Roof of the mosque
Roof of the mosque
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