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ANGAR

Built in the 8th century by the Umayyad Caliph Walid Ibn Abdel Malik, Anjar was located at a strategic junction of the caravan rout between the coast and Damascus, and is a good illustration of what an inland historical like back in those days.

The old city's Cardo Maximus, its columns, and its arches make up a rich and interesting archeological collection.

 

 

BEIRUT

How could you say charm, glamour, beauty, mystery and fun, in one word? Beirut, this is how you can.

Many times destroyed and rebuilt, Beirut is a city with many faces, all influence by a charming and unusual mix of east and west, old and new.

Lying at the crossroads of three continents, this metropolis, has since ancient history been a center for trade and culture.

The vibrant Beirut, promises its visitors a different aspect around every corner.

Museums documenting Lebanon's great archeological history, musical and artistic events taking place all year round, shops that could compete with those of the world's fashion capitals, and restaurants pleasing all tastes.

The stunning City Center, is the real proof that Beirut, in fact, is not only "the City that would not die" as the Romans used to call it, but also the city that would not sleep.

 

 

BYBLOS

Byblos, is a must see for every visitor coming to Lebanon. Hosting one of the world's richest archeological sites, Byblos provides a unique opportunity to appreciate civilizations strolling side by side. Facing the sea, the archeological site is dominated by a Crusader castle built in the 13th. century, and includes several Canaanite and Phoenician temples, the foundation of stone age houses, ancient city walls, and several Roman remains.

At the foot of the Roman Colonnade near the Castle, lies a collection of nine famous Phoenician Necropolis of the Byblos King. Other important monuments include the Egyptian temples, dating back to the 4th century BC and the 12th century Saint-John Mark church.

Byblos, which claim the title of the "oldest continuously inhabited port city in the world," is also celebrated as the birthplace of the alphabet, and it is from its shore that the letter was carried to the world.                                               

With its charming medieval port and old town, Byblos is really breath taking.

 

 

CEDARS

Best known as the Cedars of the Lord-Arz al Rab- the last remaining forest of Biblical cedars offer a unique opportunity to see a dramatically beautiful landscape.

The now small forest, comprising about 400 trees, some 1500 year old, is classified as a national monument, and retains a special significance as the country's national emblem.

The Cedars region is also famous for its skiing resort that attracts thousands of visitors from December through April.

 

 

DEIR AL-QAMAR

When Fakhreddine came to power in 1590, he moved the capital of his Emirate from Baaqline to Deir Al-Qamar, which was then famous for its abundant sources of fresh water. Upon his return from his self-exile in Tuscany, (1613-1618), Fakhreddine brought back with him, Italian architects to build his palace in the Florentine style of the times and to lay an infrastructure for the town.

Today, Deir Al-Qamar is one of the most appreciated tourist destination in Lebanon. Since 1995, this particularly well-preserved town has been placed on the Unesco's World Heritage list.

Attractions in Deir Al-Qamar, include the Midan, or the town's central plaza, the Fakhreddine mosque built in 1493, the Minchiel public garden built in 1874, the old silk khan and the palace of Amir Yunis Ma'n dating from 1590.

 

 

ESHMOUN

According to the legend, Eshmoun was a young man from Beirut who was passionate about hunting and who in order to avoid a love relation with Astronoe, mutilated himself and died.

Brought back to life by the devoted goddess, Eshmoun chose to live in solitude. First known as a God of healing, he was also considered the God of fertility and vegetation, because of his death and resurrection.

Located at less than an hour from Beirut, the temple of Eshmoun, is a unique Phoenician site, that has been able to keep more than just the stones.

Though its construction dates back to the seventh century B.C. new structures have been added to it one century after the other.

And today, next to the Phoenician elements, site columns, mosaics and nymphs from the Roman times, and the foundation of a church from the Byzantine age.

 

 

 

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