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Umayyad Ruins of Aanjar

Anjar, Lebanon
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Anjar
Type: Ancient Ruins, Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Cairo, Egypt
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68 reviews 68 reviews
47 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Stop in on your way to or from Baalbeck. These ruins offer a comparison to Baalbecks acropolis. It is not as big an area to cover but it has some interesting history.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Ancient Aanjar sits on a picturesque plateau swept by a cool breeze. During our visit last Thursday, we were the only tourists at the site. It is like a little Umayyed Pompeii, although the Civil War interrupted excavations, which have not resumed since, and as a result most of the city still lies beneath a meter or so of dirt.... More 

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Smederevska Palanka
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

On my first visit to Lebanon, I had one day for sightseeing and took a tour Baalbek-Aanjar-Ksara. It was a great decision to make! (There is a great local company, Nakhal that does daily trips in Lebanon. You can even pre- reserve seats via email without having to pay in advance.) Aanjar was a lovely surprise. It is always great... More 

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Erbil, Iraq
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

One of the exciting places we visited in our trip to libanon was a historical place called anjar. It contains the ruins of a huge palace built by the umayyad around 8th century as a place for recreation and spending the leisure times by the umayyad caliphs. With the remaining of some splendid baths and other pillars It is located... More 

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Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Beautiful archeological site, it takes you maximum an hour to tour the whole place, prefereably early mornings or late afternoons. During mid-day, you can have lunch at "restaurant Arev" or as known in arabic "restaurant shams" (arev/shams meaning sun), they have very tasty Lebanese/Armenian food. You can also visit the three Armenian churches in the area and learn more about... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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64 reviews 64 reviews
18 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

We visited Anjar on the same day as Baalbek. Baalbek was the actual target of that day but Anjar turned out to be a pleasant and unexpected surprise. The ancient city belonged to the Umayyads but the city was designed and built by Roman architects in Roman style. The ruins are quite well preserved and restored. The main road with... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Recently visited these ruins as part of a tour of the Balbeek region with Nakhal Sightseeing Tours. They are very interesting ruins, but are poorly restored in parts which don't do justice to the history of the place. Well worth a visit, but are not well presented and you will need a guide to understand what you are seeing.

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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

I like all of it if you want to enjoy more go on weekdays , weekends it is crowded. also try to have lunch in any restaurant and try Armenian food.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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72 reviews 72 reviews
41 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

My wife and I visited the ruins on March 6, 2013. Other than a bus load of French who were leaving as we arrived, we were the only tourists there. The site was fantastic with several well preserved Ummayyad pillars which made for great photos with the snow capped Lebanon mountains in the background. After touring the site, my wife... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

Of course, these ruins are not so astonishing as those in Baalbek are..., however it is something charmful therein, especially if you are by sunset. It may be a great end of your day (starting from Baalbek, then Chateau Ksara, lunch in one of the wonderful restaurants in Anjar, e.g. Jazeera and - in the end Anjar).

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