Tripoli Cathedral (Italian: La Cattedrale di Tripoli; Arabic: كاتدرائية طرابلس) was a Roman Catholic cathedral in Tripoli, the capital of Libya, located on Algeria/Elgazayer Square - Maidan al Jazair /Maydan elgazayer in the city centre.
The Cathedral was officially opened in 1928, and among those who contributed in the interior design and decoration of the cathedral was the Libyan artist Othman Nejem. The architect was the Italian Saffo Panteri, who created the Cathedral with a Romanesque style and a dome of 46 meters altitude. The belltower was in Venetian style.
There are around 50,000 Catholics in Libya (mostly in Tripoli and surroundings), comprising less than one percent of the population. Among the Catholics are the remaining Italian Libyans and Maltese Libyans.
Conversion into a mosque
In 1970, the Cathedral was temporarily converted into the "Maidan al Jazair Square Mosque" (Arabic: جامع ميدان الجزائر) by Colonel Gaddafi. After having been significantly rebuilt, with the change of many of its original architectural features, the Cathedral was converted into a mosque in 2000.
- TRIPOLI OF BARBARY by Romeo Cini, Maltamigration.com, Accessed 28 December 2009.