The Gurgi Mosque is quite a different mosque, with its happy floral decorations, especially on the minbar. Apart from that, it lends heavily from Turkish mosques, although it employs largely Tunisian ceramic work. The mosques are the fruit of the local’s artistic abilities. Overall, it has a very good sense of architecture which is picturesque as well.
The Magnificent Gurgi Musque
1. Architecture and Interior Artwork
If you are into architecture or interior artwork then Gurgi Mosque tour is the thing for you. One of the things to do at Gurgi Mosque is you can see the Moroccan stone carvings, floral motifs, and colorful tilework at Gurgi Mosque. This mosque was the last one built by the Ottomans during their rule in 19th century. See the incredible carvings on domes, and don't miss the one above the prayer tower with floral designs facing Mecca. Although small, the mosque boasts Turkish architectural style combined with interior artwork. While going through the main hall, look for ceramic Tunisian tiles and Italian marble pillars. Despite the fact that the mosque is very little in estimate, yet at the same time has as much as 16 arches, 4 by 4 over the petition corridor bring down photograph demonstrates one of the vaults. Gurgi Mosque represent a history of architecture in Tripoli during otmani era.
Muslim tourists can visit this ancient Ottoman Islamic teacher and do the prayers with a good group of Libyans who dwell beside the mosque. After prayer you can go walking to the sea and the Harbor to enjoy views of the sea. Sunrise or sunset and boats will be a perfect view, making you feel more grateful after the pray at the Mosque.
3. Photography, capture the moment
The Gurgi Mosque is a significant distinctive mosque, with its cheerful flower embellishments, particularly on the minbar. octagonal minaret, which is unordinary for Tripoli. The minbar, the minareth, the carpet and down to the floors the carpets, there are also numerous other adornments in the mosque making Gurgi Mosque has all of the photogenic quality. So taking pictures is anotother things to do at Gurgi Mosque, especially if you are into photothography. You will get many good shots during your Gurgi Mosque tour.
How to Get Tickets?
You do not need to pay an entrance fee for your Gurgi Mosque tour, just make sure that you bring enough money should you want to shop at the souk, have a bite to eat or have a cup of coffee after you do all the things to do at Gurgi Mosque.
How To Get Around?
It is best to go around and do all the tings to do at Gurgi Mosque tour on foot, strolling around to admire the beautiful interior art and architectures will give you a pleasant experience . And while walking a wonderful silent atmosphere spread out and the carpets feel so soft and cozy on your feet, you can also meet the local people.
What Should I Wear?
There is a usual dress code for entering a mosque and have your Gurgi Mosque tour. Most mosques request both male and female visitors to observe a simple, modest dress code such as long sleeves and either long skirts or trousers. Avoid see-through, revealing or low-cut clothing and sleeveless top. Skirts and dresses should reach below the knees. Shorts are not allowed for either men or women. Shoes should be taken off at the point of entry. Women visiting the male prayer hall should wear a headscarf or something similar.
Best Time to Visit
The Mosque opens everyday from Monday - Sunday. The best time to visit is after the praying time as not to interfere the people who will do the praying.
Libyan Dinars (LYD)
Will I Need a Guide?
If the things to do at Gurgi Mosque tour you is just wandering around and see the beautiful mosque then you do not really need a guide. But if you want to explore and know more about Gurgi Museum and the story behind it then having someone who knows about the history of the Mosque and its surrounding with you will be an advantage.
How To Get There?
Gurgi Mosque is located at the heart of old Tripoli, so you can walk to reach it and doesn't really need any transportation. But getting a taxi also preferable. Because the place is well known, almost all the taxi drivers are aware of its location. From anywhere within the city, the taxis fares to get to the mosque will cost around 2 to 20 LYD. The bus fare starts at 0.50 LYD. However, the fare will go up if you are coming farther away.
Tripoli has a hot semi-arid climate with hot dry summers and relatively wet mild winters.