Tripoli (Trablous), 85 kilometers north of Beirut, has a special character of its own.
Thanks to its historical wealth, relaxed lifestyle, and thriving business climate,
this is a city where modern and medieval blend easily into a lively and hospitable metropolis.
Known as the capital of the North, Tripoli is Lebanon's second largest city.
Forty-five buildings in the city, many dating from the 14th century, have been registered as
historical sites. Twelve mosques from Mamluke and Ottoman times have survived, along with an equal
number of madrassas, or theological schools. Secular buildings include the hammam, or bathing-house,
which followed the classical pattern of Roman-Byzantine baths, and the khan, or caravansary.
The souks, together with the khans, form an agglomeration of various trades where tailors,
jewelers, perfumes, tanners, and soap makers work in surroundings that have changed very little
over the last 500 years.(ministry of tourism lebanon ) http://www.destinationlebanon.com,www.lebanon.com