Red Castle Museum
also known as:
 • Assaraya Alhamra Museum
(Arabic: متحف السرايا الحمراء)
 • Archaeological Museum of Tripoli
Established1919
LocationTripoli, Libya
TypeNational museum
The Red Castle and entrance to the national Red Castle Museum
The Red Castle and entrance to the national Red Castle Museum

The Red Castle Museum, also known as As-saraya Al-hamra Museum (Arabic: متحف السرايا الحمراء), the Archaeological Museum of Tripoli or Jamahiriya Museum,[1][2] is a national museum in Libya. It is located in the historic building known as the Red Castle of Tripoli (Arabic: السراي الحمراء), sometimes also referred to as Red Saraya, on the promontory above and adjacent to the old-town district with medina Ghadema.

Designed in conjunction with UNESCO, the museum covers 5,000 years from prehistory to the independence revolution (1953) era.[3] The museum has an entrance on historic As-Saha al-Kradrah, the Martyrs' Square.[4] The museum has been closed since 2011.

History

The museum was established in 1919, when the colonial Italians in Libya converted a section of the castle to a museum to house many of the archaeological artifacts scattered across the country since prehistoric times. The building was renovated in the early 1920s on plans by Armando Brasini, who designed its characteristic arches. The square around the castle was designed in the thirties by architect Florestano Di Fausto. When the British occupied Libya during World War II, the museum occupied the entire complex of the castle and in 1948 was renamed The Libyan Museum. The museum reopened to the public in 1988, renamed the Assaraya Alhamra Museum–Red Castle Museum, with "state-of-the-art" facilities.[4]

In 2011 the museum was closed due to security concerns following the Libyan Civil War and subsequent unrest. The museum remained closed as of 2020.[5][6] During the 2011 war, rebels entered the museum and a few items belonging to Muammar Gaddafi were damaged. The most valuable items were kept safe at another location by the museum staff. The remaining items relating to Gaddafi were placed in storage by the staff.[1]

Collections

The museum was designed with different wings and floors for the exhibition of the distinct collections.[3][4]

Gallery

The Red Castle on the bay before harbor landfill, circa 1940s, with Miramare Theater (left) and Italy Square (Martyrs' Square) (center-palms).
The Red Castle on the bay before harbor landfill, circa 1940s, with Miramare Theater (left) and Italy Square (Martyrs' Square) (center-palms).
Aerial view, circa 1950's, of the Red Castle, with Independence Square (Martyrs' Square), the Royal Miramare Theater (lower left), and old shoreline.
Aerial view, circa 1950's, of the Red Castle, with Independence Square (Martyrs' Square), the Royal Miramare Theater (lower left), and old shoreline.
The Red Castle, a view of the northeastern side with the Martyrs' Square museum entrance.
The Red Castle, a view of the northeastern side with the Martyrs' Square museum entrance.
Inside the museum
Inside the museum

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "In Tripoli's museum of antiquity only Gaddafi is lost in revolution". the Guardian. 2011-09-11. Retrieved 2021-06-20.
  2. ^ "Assaraya Alhamra (Tripoli's National Museum)". www.temehu.com. Retrieved 2021-06-20.
  3. ^ a b "Assaraya Alhamra Museum". Temehu.com. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  4. ^ a b c Alwan, Tarek. "Things to do in Libya". Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Tripoli Red Castle | The Libya Observer". www.libyaobserver.ly. Retrieved 2021-06-20.
  6. ^ Laessing, Ulf (2019-04-25). "As war rages, Tripoli art gallery opens in rundown old city". Reuters. Retrieved 2021-06-20.

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