Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Where to go when you visit Lebanon - Site 4: Skiing

Okay, yes there is snow in Lebanon and is NOT a desert and yes Lebanon has 6 Ski resorts. Usually we get snow around Christmas time and it lasts till March or April depending on how many storms we got and in what interval.
Source: skileb.com

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Where to go when you visit Lebanon - Site 3: Jbeil (aka Byblos)

Took this with a film camera in early 1999 or 2000, that old!

My favorite city in Lebanon. I love going there. It is just mind-blowing. It has the best horizons an eye can see, colorful sunsets, amazing food, old souk (market) to check out and buy souvenirs from, and it is in itself one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. It is not just a city on the beach, it is a archeological site as well. If you like swimming, if you just like sitting by the beach, or walking by the beach, going on a trip in a boat, fishing, dining with a view, walking inside the city and visiting shops, shopping in the old Byblos souk (market), visiting museums (wax, fish fossils...), archeological sites and churches, sitting on the marina and chilling... Then this is the place to be!

Old Byblos Souq

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Old Souk - Byblos

Byblos (biblical Gebal, modern Jbeil) is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. According to Phoenician tradition it was founded by the god El who surrounded his city with a wall. The massive Early Bronze Age city walls (2800 B.C.) on the site reflect this early religious belief. Thus Byblos was considered, even by the ancient Phoenicans, to be a city of great antiquity. Click here to read more.

Always good for a sunset!

Friday, September 15, 2006

Where to go when you visit Lebanon - Site 2: Gemayze / Mar Mkhayel / Badaro

It is not a historical monument, or archeological site, however Gemayze / Mar Mkhayel is just an area that consists for a very long road located in Beirut at a walking distance from Solidere (Downtown Beirut). This town is basically one of the oldest inhabited towns in Lebanon, and you can notice it due to the architecture of its low rise buildings.

Alley in Gemmayze

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Where to go when you visit Lebanon - Site 1: Baalbek

Every now and then I will post a small paragraph and pictures about a place in Lebanon that I recommend for tourists (next year?) to visit.

I will start with the famous Baalbek ruins, where the special Baalbek International Festival happens every summer, with an exception this summer 2006 due to the war between Israel and Hezbollah.

Temple of Jupiter - Source: lebanoninapicture.com

Description: The Temple of Jupiter in Baalbek, Lebanon, was the largest Roman temple ever constructed. Although much of the temple was destroyed under the Byzantine Emperor Theodosius, 6 of its original 54 columns still stand today.

First established as a holy site by the Phoenicians, Baalbek, once known as Heliopolis, became a Roman colony in 47 B.C. There the Romans constructed three temples in honor of the gods Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury. The complex that includes the well-preserved ruins of these temples is a major archaeological site in Lebanon.
Source: NationalGeographic.com

Temple of Bacchus - Source: Lonely planet

Description: The Temple of Bacchus, which many historians consider the best-preserved Roman temple of its size, is part of Baalbek's immense semiruins. Its peristyle of forty-two unfluted Corinthian columns (nineteen still standing) embraces sturdily preserved exterior walls. The approach to the cella or worship room proclaims grandeur with its powerful scale...The inner side walls of the nave are divided into bays by projected Corinthian half-columns to produce a series of superimposed niches, round-headed below, angled (pedimented) above, the latter originally with statues. The temple was roofed with cedar trusses."

"The temple, however, is but a single aspect of the vast complex. Baalbek is unequaled for boldness of concept and skill in utilizing Herculean masonry."
— G. E. Kidder Smith. Looking at Architecture. p34.