Tripoli is Libya's capital and major port on the Mediterranean coast. Also known as Tarabalus Al-Gharb (Tripoli of the West), the city's history dates back to its founding by the Phoenicians in 1000 BC. Remains of once regal Greek and Roman cities were buried beneath Libya's sands for eons. Only in the past century, excavation works have brought to light the unbelievable splendor of Libya's artifacts of antiquity that are among the most spectacular in the Mediterranean region. The country's stunning connection to the past is also depicted in some world-class museums.
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The center of town is best seen on foot. Starting at Green Square, a walk along the old corniche road leads to the cathedral built by the Italians in 1928 and the People's Palace, formerly the royal palace. Magaref Street is known for some of the best colonial architecture in the city.
Shops in the Medina and along Magaref Street offer wares that may be of interest. Gold jewelry, brass and copper items, woolen carpets and spices may be of interest. Most shops in the Medina don't open before 11:00 a.m.
The local currency is the dinar. U.S. dollars are widely accepted, however, credit cards at not.