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Baalbeck, 85 Km from Beirut, city of the sun is an imposing site. The Acropolis of Baalbeck is one of the world’s greatest historical sites, the most complex and vastest of Roman architectural temples ever built. The temples were dedicated to Jupiter, Venus and Bacchus. This majestic site includes the Great Temple of Jupiter, the Little Temple of Bacchus and the Round Temple of Venus, near which lies the temple dedicated to Mercury. Throughout the time, Baalbeck stood firm against earthquakes and the destruction and medieval constructions.
In 1998, a museum was inaugurated and houses a permanent exhibit of artifacts.
The majestic Acropolis sets the scene for sensational drama, music and dance performances at the cherished Lebanese annual summer tradition, the Baalbeck International Festival.
Beirut, capital of Lebanon, with its location on the Mediterranean coast, is considered the link between Europe, Africa and Asia. This modern city sits on top of more than 5000 years of history.
Beirut, “a city that would not die”, razed by two earthquakes, a tidal wave and a fire, occupied by many conquerors, never failed to rise and regain its splendor and its position as the most important financial and commercial center in the region.
In Beirut Central District, new modern buildings are being blended among preserved ancient architectural beauty of old buildings.
Beiteddine, 27 Km from Beirut and less than 3 Km beyond the town of Damour, the road quickly climbs and skirts the course of the Damour river, crosses the borough of Deir el-Qamar, the convent of the Moon, located at 5 Km of Beiteddine. From there, you can see the most spectacular sight, the jewel in the crown of the Chouf, the Palace of Beiteddine. Built by the Prince Bashir II Shehab, the palace constitutes the greatest surviving architectural achievement of the 19th century. It took more than thirty years to complete this vast and magnificent palace that hangs on the edge of the cliff with its gardens pouring down the side of the mountain.
Summer without the annual Beiteddine Festival is not really summer. The Festival features the world’s most prestigious stars.
Byblos, 37 Km from Beirut, is one of the eldest inhabited cities 7,000 years old. Its archeological site has ruins & artifacts from Neolithic, Canaanite, Phoenician, Hellenistic, Roman & Crusader times.
Byblos today is a blend of the ancient & the prosperous ages, overlooking a beautiful bay.
Its wax museum features a wide display of traditional costumes. Its Souq is lined with medieval shops.
The Byblos port hosts the musical & dance performances of the annual summer Byblos Festival.
The Cedars, a biblical tree growing at an altitude of 2000 meters, is the emblem of Lebanon. The forest is located at one of the most beautiful sceneries that continue to excite imagination.
This thousand-year-old clump of trees has always been symbol of prosperity & longevity. From the great immense cedars’ forest that once covered Lebanon, only isolated patches are found today.
Jeita Grotto, 20 Km from Beirut, are the astounding caves of Jeita consisting of the lower & upper galleries. Time & water actions worked in the entrails of the wooded buttresses of Mount-Lebanon to form the caves’ sculptures & draperies.
The beauty of the lower gallery, opened in October 1958, comes from the complex stalactites & the high levels of the cavern.
The upper gallery, opened in January 1969, was formed several million years before the lower one. It consists of wondrous sculptures fashioned by Nature with only the help of water & time.
Sidon – Saida
Sidon, 48 km south of Beirut, is the most prestigious city in South Lebanon. Dominated by the sea castle fortress built on a small island, Sidon is today’s commercial & financial center of the south with a modern seaport.
Citrus groves & banana plantations surround Sidon, known as the city of gardens.
At the medieval souks you can find old mosques & Quoranic schools. Visit the impressive Khan or Caravansary built in the 17th century for foreign merchants & caravans passing through.
Tripoli, 85 km from Beirut, is the second largest city of Lebanon founded by Phoenicians. Tripoli is a city of legendary hospitality.
An imposing medieval castle built by the Crusader dominates the city. At the foot of this castle is the magnificent souk enriched by historical sites.
Tripoli has recently launched its Summer Festival featuring local & international performers & artists.
Tyre, 83 km south of Beirut, is one of the most important Phoenicians cities declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.
Tyre was founded in the 3rd millennium BC & was considered a very important merchantile center famous for its glassmaking, embroidered stuffs & murex dye.
The Tyre Festival held annually at the Hippodrome hosts local & international performers. The highlight of the Festival is a laser display that illuminates the entire site.
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