Ten fun facts about Tripoli
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The city was founded in the 7th century B.C. by Phoenicians; they initially namded it 'Oea'.
Sometimes the city is referred to or known as 'Tripoli-of-the-West', to help distinguish it from its older Phoenician sister city, Tripoli, Lebanon.
Tripoli, a Greek name, comes from the Greek name 'Tripolis' meaning 'three cities'.
The Tripoli International Fair, founded by the Italian government in 1927, is said to be the oldest trade fair in Africa.Fact 5
Average rainfall in Tripoli is less than 16 inches per year, but the city has experienced epic floods back in 1945.Fact 6
The Tripoli Zoo located in the city is the country's biggest zoo with plants, trees and open green spaces.Fact 7
The city has their own motor racing event, the Tripoli Grand Prix, but it only lasted from 1925 until 1940.Fact 8
The Red Castle Museum, located in Tripoli, was designed with help from UNESCO and is Libya's national museum. It covers 5,000 years of history.Fact 9
Opened in 1928, the second commissioned Catholic church in the city, is the Tripoli Cathedral.Fact 10
The University of Tripoli was ranked number 8 in 2014 for top universities in Lebanon. Go to more capital facts ❯
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