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FAQRA

Located in Mount Lebanon at 60 Km from Beirut, Faqra is the most extensive Roman site in the area, and is home to a rich collection of tombs, temples, altars and columns.

The most spectacular monument in Faqra, is the natural bridge "Jisr al Hajar" carved by the wind and water over the centuries. The 34-meter high bridge is so perfect, it makes it difficult to believe it was not made by human hands.

Faqra is also famous for its private luxurious resort Faqra Club, with its 200,000 square meters overlooking Beirut and the Bay of Jouneih.

 

 

JEITA GROTTO

At 20 Km North of Beirut, lies one of the greatest treasures of Lebanon's archeology: the Jeita Grotto.

Extending for more than six Kilometers, the astounding caves, unfold before their visitors an overwhelming network of stalactites and stalagmites, and a vast display of wondrous sculptures fashioned by nature, with only the help of water and time.

The visit to the grotto includes a 600-meter boat ride inside  the lower galleries, and a 650-meter stroll inside the Upper Galleries.

 

 

JEZZINE

Most known today for its traditional handmade cutlery and its two famous waterfalls, Jezzine once played an important role in the history of Lebanon.

It is in the eastern part of this town that Emir Fakhreddine, hid from Ottoman prosecution in the Grotto today named after him.

Along with its many delightful traditional houses and hotels, Jezzine is home to a rich  collection of statutes, pottery, tombs and Roman temples that were discovered there.

Attraction in and around Jezzine include the Farid Serhal Palace, the Church of Our Lady of Bisri, dating back to 1252, and the Monastery of Our Lady of Machmouche, built in 1732.

 

 

SIDON

A garden city, surrounded by citrus and banana plantation, Sidon is another beacon of Lebanon's history.

The city's main attraction is the Sea Castle, a fortress built by the Crusaders in the 13th century on a small island linked to the mainland by a causeway.

Not far from the castle, is the picturesque old Souk, where craftsmen still ply their trades, and fishermen sell their catch of the day. Other historic buildings and attractions include the Khan el Franj, the Castle of St-Louis, the rest house, the old ports, and the soap museum.

A growing city with a modern seaport, Sidon is the commercial, financial and administrative center of South Lebanon.

 

 

THE QARAOUN

An 11 square Km artificial lake created by the erection of the Litani river dam, as part of a major hydraulic project carried out in 1959.

The Litani, Lebanon's longest river reaches Baalbeck, and runs across the Bekaa valley over a distance of 160 Km, before reaching the Mediterranean in the North of Tyre.

The Qaraoun dam is 60 meter high and 1350 meter in lengths. Its production reaches 185 megawatts and its water is used for the irrigation of 31000 hectares in the South and 8000 hectares in the Bekaa.

Visitors are always welcome at the dam, and special tours including speedboats ride on the lake can be arranged.

 

 

TRIPOLI

Located at 85 Km north of Beirut, Tripoli is the country's second largest city and is also known as the capital of the north. Most famous for its delightful sweets and its medieval history and Mameluk architecture, Tripoli has a charm and a character of its own.

In the narrow alleys of the city's old souks, trailers, jewelers, tanners and soap makers continue to do the work their great grandfather started in the 14th century.

Tripoli's most impressive monument is undoubtedly the St-Gilles Citadel, which was built by the Crusaders in 1103. The Lion Tower, that was built by the Mameluks to defend the city, is also worth checking.

The famous "hammams" (traditional bathing houses), and Madrassahs (theological schools), that Tripoli is famous for, are also not be missed.

 

 

TYRE

Ancient Tyre, famous for its purple dye and glass industries, was founded by the Phoenicians in the 3rd millennium BC.

The city, which for some time was one of the most prosperous mercantile centers on the eastern Mediterranean, originally consisted of a mainland settlement and an island city.

In 332 BC, Alexander the Great blockaded the island city for seven months, and eventually had to use debris of the abandoned mainland city to build a bridge to the island and finally break down its fortifications. Tyre, is also host for Roman ruins, including a well preserved road passing through a monumental archway, and a hippodrome built in the 2nd century AD, and considered the largest and best preserved in the world today.

 

 

ZAHLEH

Located at about 54 Km inland from Beirut, Zahleh is the third largest city of Lebanon and is the administrative and commercial capital of the Bekaa valley. This attractive town, with the charming stone houses has earned the title of "The city of Wine and Poetry",  because of some 50 poets and almost as many excellent wines and araks it has produced over the last century alone.

Zahleh's main attraction is the Berdaouni River's Wadi al Arayesh, along which line up dozens of open-air restaurants, where visitors could enjoy some of the finest Lebanese cooking and famous Mezze.

Zahle is also the place for downing Arak, the local firewater.

Good food is not all that Zahleh has to offer. In the hills surrounding the city , hide some archeological treasures, including sarcophagi dating back to the iron and bronze ages, as well as tombs from the Roman and Byzantine times.

 

 

 

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