Touristic Sites in Lebanon
Byblos is one of the top contenders "oldest continuously inhabited city" award. According to Phoenician tradition, the god El founded it. Today Byblos (Jbeil in arabic) on the coast 37 Km north of Beirut is a prosperous place with glass-fronted office buildings and crowded streets. Nearby are the extensive excavations that make Byblos one of the most important archeological sites in the area.
Beiteddine palace complex, Lebanon's best example of early 19th Lebanese architecture, was built over a thirty year period Emir Bechir El Chehab II, who ruled Mount Lebanon for more than half a century.
Known as the capital of the north, Tripoli, 25 Km north of Beirut. forty five buildings in the city, many dated from the 14th century, have been registered as historical sites. twelve mosques from Mamluke and Ottomane times have survived along. Secular buildings include the hammam or bathing house, which followed the classical pattern of Roman Byzantine baths and the Khan or caravansary .
Baalbeck, Lebanon's greatest Roman treasures can be counted among the wonders of the ancient world. the largest most noble Roman temples ever built. Towering high above the Bekaa plain, their monumental proportions proclamed the power and wealth of Imperial Rome. Baalbeck, 85 Km from Beirut, is an important administrative and economic center in the northern Bekaa Valley.
Simply known as "the Cedars", this resort settlement in Lebanon's highest range is one of the most dramatically beautiful spots in the country. Its centerpiece is an ancient grove of Cedars, a tree synonymous for millennia. The cedars is the town of bsharre, birth place Gibran Khalil Gibran. The Cedars is a resort for all seasons.
Sidon, on the coast 48 Km south of Beirut, is one of the famous names in ancient history. But of all Lebanon's cities, this is the most mysterious, for its past has been tragically scattered and plundered. Sidon is a busy commercial center with the pleasant conservative atmosphere of a small town.
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