Sulim (Arabic: السوليم‎, full name Waqf-ul-Ada’i-yah – الوقف الاداء قور, meaning Sulim Towers, Sulim Square), also commonly known as Sulim Palace, is a palace in Tripoli, Libya. It is a historic monument to the influence of the French in the 19th century, and a symbol of the Gaddafi family’s wealth in the 20th century.

The palace was the residence of many French politicians, particularly Joseph Caillaux and the elder Paul Doumer. It is now called the “Palace of the Flowers” because of its extensive gardens, and is also the location of a popular souvenir shop. The garden contains statues of some of the Tripoli’s most prominent French residents, including poet Paul Valéry and botanist Victor Jacquemont.


The palace was built during the French colonial period between 1854 and 1862. Its architect was Chevalier Henri Guyot. It was first owned by Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, who had received it as a gift from King Louis XVI. Lafayette bequeathed it to Pierre Dupont, who in turn left it to Hortense-Eugénie de Beauharnais after her divorce from Napoleon. The palace was purchased by Pierre Georges de Beaumont, Duke of Bellegarde in 1894. It was purchased by Pierre Lecomte du Noüy in 1903, who then sold it in 1910 to the National Bank of Greece.

In May 1940, during the Battle of Tripoli, the building was looted and burned to prevent its capture by the Italian army. By the 2000s, the palace was decrepit and had fallen into disuse. After the ousting of Gaddafi from Libya in 2011, in December 2011 the palace was renovated and restored.

See also
Sursock Museum


External links

Sulim Palace website
Tripoli War Memorial
Sulim Towers on Google Maps (unofficial)

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Category:Palaces in Libya
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