Lebanon Favorites

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Lebanon Favorites

  • Recommended Reading

    Below are a few books I recommend reading prior to a trip to Beirut:Pity The Nation, by Robert FiskBeyrouth - La Brûlure des Rêves (Éditions Autrements, Collection Monde)Histoire du Liban Contemporain 1860-1943 - Denise Ammoun (Fayard)Beirut's Memory, by Ayman Trawi (Photo Collection)Rome in the East, The Transformation of an Empire, by Warwick...

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  • Entrance Visas - Take it seriously

    The General Security site offers extenssive information regarding the regulations for each country. As always, call the local embassy for up-to-date requirements for obtaining the visa.The citizens of the below countries may obtain a visa at the borders:Andorra – Antigua and Barbuda – Argentina – Armenia – Australia – Austria – Azerbaijan – The...

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  • VISA for damscuss

    Hi ZakThanks for the tip, can you eloborate if i m travelling to damscus & wanted to visit beirut for a short trip will my visa for syria will be valid for re-entry?Also as i m travelling in december to damscus & beirut(possible) what are the must see or do things in beirut or nearby?RegardsAsad

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  • taxi!

    beirut can be a bit of a challange even to those with a good sence of direction, take a taxi, they are cheap,fast,reliable and they also use pavemants!

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  • Tipping & Time

    Tipping is usually expected. Most restaurants and nightspots include a 16 % service charge in the bill, but it is customary to leave an extra of 5% to 10% of the total.The local Time is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time from October to March, and three hours ahead from April To September.

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  • Government & Currency

    Lebanon is a democratic republic with a parliamentary system of government and a cabinet headed by a prime minister. Its constitution is based on the separation of executive, legislative and judicial powers, elected by 128 members of parliament for a six-year term.The latter are elected by a universal adult suffrage every four years, and are...

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  • Languages

    The Official Language of Lebanon is Arabic. French is a very popular language, which was widely used during the French Mandate and was then compulsory in schools.Over the years, the English has also become more prominent. In general, Lebanese are natural polyglots, bilingual, trilingual and sometimes speaking as many as four languages, which means...

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  • Population & Religion

    Since there has not been an official census since 1932, the population of Lebanon is estimated at around 3.5 million at present. It is a startling fact, however, that five times as many people of Lebanese descent live abroad as in their home country.There are 18 recognised religious groupings in Lebanon.Five predominate: Maronite (Catholic )...

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  • My family

    Last time I visited Lebanon to attend my nephew's wedding..There were like 15 members of my family to greet us(my sisters,husband and I)at the airport terminal including the bride and groom ;-)This was indeed one my fondest memories of arriving to Lebanon. Funny thing I was chatting with my cousin before we left home to Lebanon and I told him,we...

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  • Akkar

    (152 km from Beirut) - CastleProbably built in the late 10th century A.D. by Mouhriz Ibn Akkar, the castle was taken by the Crusaders in the 12th century and re-conquered in 1271 by the Mamluke Sultan Baibars. During the Ottoman period, it belonged to the feudal family of the Banu Sayfa, then around 1620 it was partially destroyed by Emir...

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  • Do You Want to Cook Lebanese Food ??

    Ingredients:Tabbouleh Libanaise 1/4 cup burghul, fine cracked wheat 2 cups finely chopped parsley 1/2 kg (16 oz) firm red tomatoes, washed and finely chopped 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves 1/4 cup finely chopped onion 1/2 cup lemon juice 1 teaspoon salt (as desired) 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil .How to:Wash chopped mint and parsley then...

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  • Did you Know ?

    » Lebanon's name has been around for 4,000 years non-stop. » Lebanon's name has been mentioned in the Bible 76 times.Sidon was mentioned 36 timesTyre (Soor) was mentioned 63 times» Lebanon is the country that has the most books written about it.» Lebanon is one of the most populated in its archeological sites. » Lebanon is the only Asian Middle...

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  • Lebanese night

    Lebanese Night Song: Eliss and Chris Du BurghIt was late in a Lebanese restaurant, in the heat of a Lebanese night,There was dancing, people were singing, she came in from the garden outside,And in her eyes I saw the stars, And I felt something happen in my heart;Then I knew I was going to meet her in the heat of a Lebanese night,And the girl...

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  • FAIROOZ

    Her voice is silk and flame in one.In Lebanon, we sway with it, sail the seas with it as our mast, and because of it we love.Our betrothed women ask us to seal them with her voice, to dissolve its whispers into pearls for a necklace, and with its vibrations to encircle their waists; they beg us to pluck love songs for them from this voice alone.The...

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  • Where history embraces modernity

    It is needless to say that Lebanon is the bridge between the East and the West. It is the oxygen of the Middle East. Lebanese mother toungue is something like that: ''Hi, Kifak, Ca va'' ( hi, how are you doing, fine?)or ''Maitre, il fatoura, please'' Waiter, the bill, please) Three languages in one!!! More and more and more...

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  • Propylaea

    Though previously planned, the monumental entrance (Propylaea) , the semi-circular forecourt and the hexagonal courtyard were added only later in the course of the 2nd and 3rd c. AD.

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  • From Bronze age!

    On the site of a previous sanctuary dating back to the Bronze and Iron ages as well as to the Hellenistic period, The Roman Temple of Jupiter was built during the 1st c. AD.It consists of a cella built on a 12m. High podium, and a courtyard surrounded by a colonnaded portico.

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  • LOL take a break now!

    Lebanese Girls are so nice!they take care of their view and they are cultured and very sweet!they are always friendly and you can ask for any help and be sure they won't let you down!

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  • The Hexagonal Courtyard

    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.

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  • Outer Facade

    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.

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  • Mosaic

    This Great Mosaic was nearly covered!Until the guide came and throw some water on surface!Then the awesome colors appeared and came out!

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  • You can see

    Here you can see the clear prints of Arabian period!some off the beautiful Arabic words you can find in the Eastern wall of the temple of Bacchus!

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  • Around the central part

    Around the central part of this court, a colonnaded protico protected 4 exedras and 2 gates from sun and bad weather.

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  • Decoration

    This decoration is added in the Islamic period!Muslims don't draw faces, humans, and Animals!just some forms or plants!

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  • wall picture

    This wall picture was added in the Byzantine period.the Christian touch is noticed on the style of drawing the picture!

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  • Saint Antoine monastery in...

    Saint Antoine monastery in north Lebanon, place of the first printing press in the orient dating from 1610.

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  • going inland

    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. My reason for going there - in particular to the bekaa valley, was...

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  • the south

    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 It's my favourite part of Lebanon -...

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  • the north

    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 Colourless - but fascinating in its own way. I only visited...

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  • the capital

    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. I'm not too fond of Beirut... beautiful restoration work has...

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  • mediterranean sea

    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.

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  • The Harbour, Jbail

    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.

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  • View from the castle

    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.

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  • Crusader Castle, Byblos

    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.

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  • New and old part of Byblos

    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.

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  • Beaches

    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.

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  • fond memories of beirut...

    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. being in lebanon itself was an amazing experience. everything went so well and even a nightmare taxi ride eventually...

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  • Hmmmmm!

    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...

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  • Citadel

    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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  • Seaport

    Tripoli is most famous with its offshore seaport Facility and the point to export the Oil from Iraq or Golf through the Mediterranean Sea from its coast.So Tripoli is a trade centre for Oil Export.

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  • Religion

    And Tripoli has the big numbers of Muslims much more than any other Lebanese other city.So there are much more Mosques than Churches in this City!

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  • Tripoli

    Tripoli is the second biggest city in Lebanon.It has the population of little less than a million!And it is a very famous city in Lebanon.And it is slowly built after the war to reach a better level and be as much close to Beirut the Capital, but still a big really big difference between the 2 cities.

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  • Capital Yeah!

    I almost forgot to say that Zahle is the capital of the region Bekaa.This is the Eastern region of Lebanon,Very close to the Syrian borders and the Syrian city of Hims.

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  • Beautiful Town

    One of those beautiful houses I took a photo to.And you can see the church of St. George high up over the hill from this spot.All this in the old part of Zahle!

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  • Rush hour

    Rush hour in Zahle is horrible, those many cars and the narrow streets are making the image really not very nice!But good things in Lebanese drivers, they respect the law and they are civilized and gentle with the walkers.

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