Tripoli City Map
Tripoli is the largest city and capital of Libya. It is also known as Western Tripoli, to distinguish it from Tripoli, Lebanon. Tripoli is a Greek name that means "Three Cities".
The Tripoli metropolitan area (district area) has a population of 1,065,405 (2006 census). The city is located in the northwest of the country on the edge of the desert, on a point of rocky land projecting into the Mediterranean Sea and forming a bay. The city is the principal sea port, and the largest commercial and manufacturing centre in Libya. It is also the site of Al-Fateh University.
Tripoli was founded in the 7th century BC by the Phoenicians, who named it Oea. Due to the city's long history, there are many sites of archaeological significance in Tripoli.
The climate is typical Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers, and cool winters with modest rainfall. "Tripoli" may also refer to the shabiyah (top-level administrative division in the current Libyan system), Tripoli District, also called the Tarabulus District.