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Tripoli, ancient city of Lebanon

Tripoli, ancient city of Lebanon

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Tripoli, Lebanon's second city, is a large port town situated on a coastal plain between the Mediterranean Sea and Lebanon's interior mountain range.…moreTripoli, Lebanon's second city, is a large port town situated on a coastal plain between the Mediterranean Sea and Lebanon's interior mountain range. Atop the first hill, sits the Citadel of Tripoli, a Fatimid structure that dates to the 1100's and offers stunning views over the city in every direction. less

The Cedars of Lebanon

The Cedars of Lebanon

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The Cedar of Lebanon was important to various ancient civilizations. The trees were used by the Phoenicians for building commercial and military sh…more The Cedar of Lebanon was important to various ancient civilizations. The trees were used by the Phoenicians for building commercial and military ships, as well as houses, palaces, and temples. The ancient Egyptians used its resin in mummification, and its sawdust has been found in the tombs of Egyptian Pharaohs. The largest of Lebanon nature reserves, Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve stretches from Dahr Al-Baidar in the north to Niha Mountain in the south. blanketed with oak forests on its northeastern slopes and juniper and oak forests on its southeastern slopes the reserve's most famous attractions are its three magnificent cedar forests of Maasser Al-Shouf , Barouk and Ain Zhalta - Bmohary . These Cedar forests account for a quarter of the remaining cedar forest in Lebanon , and some tress are estimated to be 2,000 years old. Over the centuries, extensive deforestation has occurred, with only small remnants of the original forests surviving. less

Sidon

Sidon

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Sidon is a coastal city on the Mediterranean and one of the oldest inhabited places in the world. Sidon had many conquerors: Assyrians, Babylonians,…moreSidon is a coastal city on the Mediterranean and one of the oldest inhabited places in the world. Sidon had many conquerors: Assyrians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, and finally Romans. Herod the Great visited Sidon. Both Jesus and Saint Paul are said to have visited it too . The city was eventually conquered by the Arabs and then by the Ottoman Turks. The Castle de la Mer was built by the Crusaders in the 12th Century. less

Druze wedding, Lebanon

Druze wedding, Lebanon

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The Druze are a monotheistic religious community, found primarily in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, which emerged during the 11th century from Ismailism…moreThe Druze are a monotheistic religious community, found primarily in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, which emerged during the 11th century from Ismailism school of Shia Islam. Most of the Druse in Lebanon live in the area of Chouf, a historic region of Lebanon, near Mount Lebanon. less

Byblos

Byblos

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Byblos today is believed by many to be the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the world. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Only a third of the…moreByblos today is believed by many to be the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the world. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Only a third of the once grand Roman Theatre of Byblos has survived to this day. It was built in 218 AD and its floor once contained a mosaic of the god Bacchus, now at the National Museum of Beirut. less

Beirut:

Beirut:

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Beirut, with beautiful beaches, a dramatic coastline and a bustling business community was once a thriving Mediterranean city. However it has been d…moreBeirut, with beautiful beaches, a dramatic coastline and a bustling business community was once a thriving Mediterranean city. However it has been dramatically set back by several wars. The reconstruction is intense and the city is now slowly coming back. less

Baalbek, Lebanon- wonder of the ancient world

Baalbek, is a town in the Beqaa Valley of Lebanon. It is famous for its exquisitely detailed yet monumentally scaled temple ruins of the Roman peri…moreBaalbek, is a town in the Beqaa Valley of Lebanon. It is famous for its exquisitely detailed yet monumentally scaled temple ruins of the Roman period, when Baalbek, then known as Heliopolis was one of the largest sanctuaries in the empire. It is Lebanon's greatest Roman treasure, and it can be counted among the wonders of the ancient world, containing some of the largest and best preserved Roman ruins. Towering high above the Beqaa plain, their monumental proportions proclaimed the power and wealth of Imperial Rome. The gods worshiped there, the triad of Jupiter, Venus and Bacchus, were grafted onto the indigenous deities of Hadad, Atargatis and a young male god of fertility. The town is about 85 km (53 mi) northeast of Beirut and about 75 km (47 mi) north of Damascus. Unesco declared it a World Heritage Site. less