The building of the Prefecture dominates Independence Square, it is a neoclassical masterpiece which formerly housed the National Bank. It is a two-storey, like most buildings of the 19th century and has a tiled roof. The circular square outside appears to be an extension of the building. It creates a harmonious setting along with the Seminary. Independence Square is one of the areas of Tripoli that has kept the original character of the old town. It exudes nobility and has the air of a bygone era.