The Hexagonal Courtyard, the only example attested in Roman architecture, was built in the 3rd c. AD and is the most recent element of the Jupiter temple.
It served as a forecourt to the main, sacred great Courtyard.
Favorite thing: The decoration of the outer facade as well as the richly ornamented column capitals, which were covered with Bronze and Gold during the 3rd c. AD, could be seen from far and grave the entrance its impressive character.
Lebanon is traversed by two mountain ranges - both with snow-capped peaks - if you visit in winter. It's a scenic area - and there are also some ski-resorts (which I did not bother visiting). Between the two ranges there's a lush valley: the Bekaa - wonderful suggestive landscapes.
Fondest memory: My reason for going there - in particular to the bekaa valley, was to visit Baalbeck. Amazing roman ruins - huge and imposing. Even in Rome I have not seen such perfect beauty... such splendour
Heading south of Beirut is an amazing trip into modern history. The farther south you go, the more you see and feel about the troubles in the middle east. UN army people become more and more common - and so do checkpoints. Once you reach Tyre you sometimes wonder if the UN people outnumber the local people
Fondest memory: It's my favourite part of Lebanon - vibrant - sadly still scarred from the recent political events. Tyre is absolutely wonderful and the village of Qana the saddest place (together with Mostar) that I have ever visited - and at the same time the place where I long to return: a real lesson in life.
Granted that Lebanon is the most heavily-densed populated country in the middle east, and sometimes it's hard to figure out where one city ends and another start... the northern you go, the more "typically" traditional Middle Eastern the towns appear. Tripoli is a world apart from Beirut
Fondest memory: Colourless - but fascinating in its own way. I only visited Tripoli in the north, and I liked it a lot. I liked the atmosphere of orderly chaos, the smells in the souks, and the friendliness of the people. There's an air of peace that's quite unique
Happy 2004 Beirut! Things are changing... fast downtown, slowlier in the suburbs, especially in the less wealthy ones. Devastated between 1975 and 1990 by a bloody civil war, Beirut is quickly picking itself up. Buildings like the one in the picture are getting more and more obsolete.
Fondest memory: I'm not too fond of Beirut... beautiful restoration work has been carried out downtown and in other parts of town, yet it's still very grey and sad-looking. I saw very little of it by day, and I was not really impressed. But by night it shines like gold: it's beautiful, it's alive, it's captivating, it's full of contrast. I definitely liked Beirut at night.
Favorite thing: Fondest memory, I guess mine was the other side of mediterranean sea, it was the first time for me and that made me think of how many different countries and cultures you may meet just going around this small sea, a small sea that still hides so many legends, boats, treasures, blood, hopes and dreams.
The harbour might be one of the oldest in the world. From here the famous Lebanese ceder was shipped to other towns during ancient time.
There are small fishing boats and a few boats for sight-seeing. Around the harbour are some restaurants and a hotel.
The squared foundation in the middle are the ruins of Temple of Baalat Gebal which is the oldest temple at Byblos. It is from the 4th millenium BC. The temple was important until Roman times.
Close to the sea there is a house built during the Ottoman period.
When you are going to explore the historical site the Crusader Castle is a good place to start at as there is a beautiful view over the area and the sea from the roof.
When the castle was built in the 12th century by the Franks blocks from the ancient temples were used.
Favorite thing: To the east of the highway is the modern town of Jbail. On the other side, on the slope down to the see, is the old picturesque town with small shops, the harbour and the archaeological site. Old Byblos is on UNESCOs World Heritage List.
Lebanon don't have many public beaches. Just south of the town Jbail (Byblos) there are the sandy beaches Tam-Tam and Paradise.
To go here from Beirut you can take a bus going north from Charles Helou Station and ask to be dropped at the beaches. From the highway there is a road going down the slope to the sea.
enjoy yourself- people are friendly and are used enough to foreigners to leave you alone and not gawk as you wander down the streets of beirut city. are extremely friendly and approachable though, if u initiate a conversation.
Fondest memory: being in lebanon itself was an amazing experience. everything went so well and even a nightmare taxi ride eventually revealed the kindness of people
Tripoli of Lebanon was really a chosen place to settle the Palestinian refugees!
Big population of Palestinians is living here in this city.
Many other cities in all the Arabian countries let the refugees to settle in many cities it have.
But Palestinians are still keeping their passports and don’t have the new passport of the new place,
As they know in spite of all the full rights they are having in any Arabian country, there place where they should go back someday when the whole situation is stabilized is their legal home Palestine.
I’m totally for the peace in our sad wounded Middle East and for Justice and fair as well.
What can a visitor or tourist sees in this City?
Unfortunately not too much!
There is only the famous Citadel in Tripoli.
And it is the only monument of the must see activities, sorry I had no time to revisit it after my first visit in 1994, so I couldn’t make any photo,
But I can assure you this Citadel worth a visit indeed.
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