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LIBYA


Location - North Africa; Capital - Tripoli; Population - 6.5 million; Currency - Libya Dinar MORE LIBYA

A guide is compulsory when visiting Libya as a tourist, so I booked an 8-day tour of Libya via Arkno Tours in October 2007.

 

libnoteThe one Libyan Dinar note features Colonel Gaddafi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib3A banner in Green Square, Tripoli. The 38 represents Colonel Gaddafi's years in power

 

 

lib7Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi, leader of Libya since 1969 - Tripoli

 

 

lib17A hive of activity at Green Square, Tripoli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib35Green Square - Tripoli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib8Enjoying a drink overlooking Tripoli's harbour

 

 

lib9Night falls on the harbour, Tripoli

 

 

lib14The Red Castle, overlooking Green Square, houses the National Museum - Tripoli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib20The Volkswagen Beetle which Gaddafi used leading up to the revolution - National Museum, Tripoli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib23Gaddafi in his early years as leader - National Museum, Tripoli

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lib10A painting in Tripoli depicting a young Gaddafi discussing the revolution

 

Visit Gaddafi's website here

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib16Lest we forget how long Gaddafi's been around.. Tripoli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib36And the date of the revolution? September 1st 1969 - Tripoli

 

 

lib371st September Street, Tripoli

 

 

lib12This mosque, in Algeria Square (or Maydan al-Jazayir), is a converted cathedral - Tripoli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib19Arkno Villa is on this street, about a 10 minute walk from Tripoli's Old City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib29The Arch of Marcus Aurelius is a relic of the Roman era, dating back to 163AD. Tripoli was built on the former Phoenician and Roman city of Oea

 

lib5The quiet souqs (markets) of Tripoli's Old City during Eid celebrations

 

 

lib25Souq al-Mushir leads to the Ottoman Clock Tower, Old City, Tripoli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib27Old City market, Tripoli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib31The Old City, or Medina - Tripoli

 

 

lib32Old City, Tripoli

 

 

lib33The narrow streets of the Old City, Tripoli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib34A teapot overflowing with mint leaves - Tripoli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib40On the road to Sabratha

 

 

lib44The 2nd/3rd century AD Roman ruins of Sabratha, 65kms west of Tripoli

 

 

lib46The communal latrines afford great views of the Mediterranean - Sabratha

 

For a Wikipedia guide to Sabratha, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib47Sabratha had a population of around 35,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib51Original mosaics on the floor behind the Roman Theatre, Sabratha

 

 

lib54Sabratha's Roman Theatre could accommodate about 5,000 spectators

 

 

lib52The three-storey columns of the Theatre's stage wall, Sabratha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib74The fortified granary storehouse of Qasr al-Haj

 

lib63This 12th century storehouse housed the village's cereals/food and acted as a fortress (Qasr means castle) - Qasr al-Haj

 

 

lib64There are 114 storerooms at Qasr al-Haj

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib68The group investigate - Qasr al-Haj

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib70Walking along the top storey of Qasr al-Haj

 

 

lib72A photo taken from inside one of the Qasr al-Haj storerooms

 

 

lib77It's a fascinating place to visit - Qasr al-Haj

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib80An ancient olive press at Nalut's old city, close to the Tunisia border. Olives were crushed using the stone wheel, then placed into a weaved bag (back right). The oil oozes out by lowering the wooden trunk on to the sack

 

 

lib89Qasr Nalut, or Nalut Castle, has more character than Qasr al-Haj. It's storerooms are placed in every nook and cranny, accessed via paths and stairways

 

 

lib84Qasr Nalut's fortified granary storerooms, which date to around the 11th century

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib91Our guide Salim stands on one of Qasr Nalut's storerooms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lib92Above one of the storerooms is the Hand of Fatima, a sign of good luck - Qasr Nalut

 

 

lib93The olive oil jars were built into the walls of Qasr Nalut

 

 

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LINKS

www.libyaonline.com/tourism

www.libyan-tourism.org - Libya tourist board

 

I am not responsible for the content of external websites.

 

 
 
 
   
 
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