Tripoli, or Trablos as spoken by the locals, is the second-largest city in Lebanon, and the largest in the north with a population of almost 428,000 people. It is deemed the northern capital of Lebanon.
The main sights of Tripoli, include the Citadel of Raymond de Saint-Gilles (built by the Crusaders), the Clock Tower, the Hammams (built by the Mamluks), the offshore islands, as well as the countless religious buildings (Christian and Muslim).
However, there is also much to see and admire in the city!
In the 9th century BCE, the Phoenicians established a trading station in Tripoli. Later, under Persian rule, the city became the center of a confederation of the Phoenician city-states of Sidon, Tyre, and Arados Island.
Tripoli is Lebanon’s northernmost seaport and it’s also a fishermen port
Al-Tal Clock Tower, a Tripoli Landmark
The tower is over 100 years old. It was built in 1902 by the locals during the Ottman ruling.
Tripoli was once known for its vast orange orchards. During the season of blooming, the pollen of orange flowers was said to be carried on the air, creating a splendid perfume that filled the city and suburbs.