A Grandmaster's impressions of Tripoli

6/24/2004 – Sergei Tiviakov was one of the 128 participants of the FIDE knockout world championship in Tripoli. He went through to round two, but was knocked out by Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu. Before his departure from Libya Sergei went on a sight-seeing trip through the city and sent us his photographic impressions of Tripoli.

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A Grandmaster's impressions of Tripoli

Tripoli is the capital of Libya. The city is located in the northwest of the country, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. It was founded in the 7th century BC by the Phoenicians, who named it Oea. At the turn of the century its population of the Ottoman province of Tripoli had risen to over a million – the same as the main city today.


Our five star hotel, where are all participants stayed


Panorama of the city from the hotel windows.


Flags of the countries participants of the World Championship, flying just outside our hotel, together with a poster of Moammar Gadhafi.


Port of Tripoli, with the author in the foreground


Mosques all over the town


The same applies to Moammar Gadhafi, who has been in power for 34 years


Smoking kalyan (water pipes) is a traditional way of spending time in Arab countries


Vladimir Dvorkovich standing in front of the Green Square and the Red Castle


The Green Square


The Red Castle


One of the gateways to the Red Castle


The lake, which used to be a sea


View of the central part of the city


Near the Souq


Ancient Roman arc, erected in honor of Emperor Marcus Aurelius in the second century


Vladimir Dvorkovich examining a relief


The narrow streets of the Old City


Ancient Roman Columns became part of the houses in the Old City


Inside an Antique shop, selling pottery, ancient Roman and Berber ceramics



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