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Ranked #1 of 48 attractions in Beirut
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #2 of 48 attractions in Beirut
Category: History Museums

Opened in 1942 to house Lebanon's archaeological treasures, the National Museum on Damascus Street has been renovated and reopened to the public in the year 2000.  more »

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Ranked #3 of 48 attractions in Beirut
Category: Educational Sites
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Ranked #4 of 48 attractions in Beirut
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Ranked #5 of 48 attractions in Beirut
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #6 of 48 attractions in Beirut
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: Described as the "Greenwich Village" or "Soho" of Beirut, Gemmayze is a residential neighbourhood that has emerged as one of... more » Owner description: Described as the "Greenwich Village" or "Soho" of Beirut, Gemmayze is a residential neighbourhood that has emerged as one of Beirut's trendiest districts. It is bordered by Saifi Village/Downtown Beirut to the west and Achrafieh to the south and its main thoroughfare, rue Gouraud, contains many popular restaurants and bars. The district has some beautiful traditional as well French-mandate architecture and is charming day and buzzing by night. « less
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Ranked #7 of 48 attractions in Beirut
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Ranked #8 of 48 attractions in Beirut
Category: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Beaches
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Ranked #9 of 48 attractions in Beirut
Category: Neighborhoods
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Ranked #10 of 48 attractions in Beirut
Category: Neighborhoods
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Ranked #11 of 48 attractions in Beirut
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Neighborhoods
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Ranked #12 of 48 attractions in Beirut
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Off road/All Terrain Vehicle Trails
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Ranked #13 of 48 attractions in Beirut
Category: Religious Sites; Ancient Ruins

Originally the Crusader Cathedral of St John (1113-1150 A.D.) the building was transformed into the city's Grand Mosque by the Mamlukes in 1291. more »

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Ranked #14 of 48 attractions in Beirut
Category: Neighborhoods
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Ranked #15 of 48 attractions in Beirut
Category: Specialty Museums
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Ranked #16 of 48 attractions in Beirut
Category: Water Parks
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Ranked #17 of 48 attractions in Beirut
Owner description: "mim" is a private museum in Lebanon. More than 1500 minerals are exhibited there,from over 60 countries. You can discover... more » Owner description: "mim" is a private museum in Lebanon. More than 1500 minerals are exhibited there,from over 60 countries. You can discover pieces originating from a number of renowned collections, both old and more recent, as well as from the major mining discoveries of our era. It is now considered to be one of the world's paramount private collections for the variety and quality of its minerals. « less
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Ranked #18 of 48 attractions in Beirut
Category: Neighborhoods
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Ranked #19 of 48 attractions in Beirut
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields
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Ranked #20 of 48 attractions in Beirut
Category: Ancient Ruins

Roman Baths: Behind bank streets are remains of the Roman baths wich once served the city's population. Originally discovered in 1968-69, it underwent a thorough cleaning and... more »

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Ranked #21 of 48 attractions in Beirut
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Ranked #22 of 48 attractions in Beirut
Category: Government Buildings
Owner description: The Grand Serail is the headquarters of government in Lebanon, i.e. the Prime Minister's Palace. For this reason, it is... more » Owner description: The Grand Serail is the headquarters of government in Lebanon, i.e. the Prime Minister's Palace. For this reason, it is actually illegal to photograph the structure. Suprisingly, the concept of the Serail has come down from the Ottomans, rather than the French, as a saray is a palace. The structure was built up over the years, having been used as barracks by the Egyptians in the 1830s, then as a Garrison and, later, as a hospital by the Ottomans. The building was abandoned as a hospital and became a type of art gallery, before being used as the Governor's House by the French when they took control of Lebanon in 1918. After independence, the Serail was the Presidential Palace from 1943 to 1952 (currently the Presidential Palace is Qantari Palace), and it was finally converted into the Prime Minister's Residence in 1952 by Riad As-Solh. « less
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Ranked #23 of 48 attractions in Beirut
Category: Religious Sites
Owner description: Built in 1925, Beirut's only Synagogue, Maghen Abraham, lies within the downtown Solidère area, below the hilltop Grand... more » Owner description: Built in 1925, Beirut's only Synagogue, Maghen Abraham, lies within the downtown Solidère area, below the hilltop Grand Serail building. The surrounding area, known as Wadi Abou Jamile, was historically the Jewish neighbourhood of Beirut. Ironically, the synagogue was damaged by the heavy Israeli bombings in 1982, when all of Beirut suffered the greatest destruction. At the time, Beirut's Jewish population was still sizeable, but sadly it has dwindled down to a small number of people who often hide their identity for security reasons. For a while, the Synagogue remained neglected awaiting its fate, because in Lebanon the restoration of religious buildings is the responsibility of the individual religious groups. With the lack of any sizeable local Jewish community today, the restoration took forever to get organised, but expatriate Lebanese Jews and related organisations have recently donated the necessary funds. « less
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Ranked #24 of 48 attractions in Beirut
Category: Neighborhoods
Owner description: Saifi Village, in the heart of downtown Beirut, is set to become one of the region’s hottest art destinations with galleries,... more » Owner description: Saifi Village, in the heart of downtown Beirut, is set to become one of the region’s hottest art destinations with galleries, antique shops, design studios and specialist boutiques dotting its picturesque streets. Saifi Village’s Quartier Des Arts is fast developing into a meeting place for an eager public and artists from around the world. « less
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Ranked #25 of 48 attractions in Beirut
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Ancient Ruins
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Ranked #26 of 48 attractions in Beirut
Category: Castles
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Ranked #27 of 48 attractions in Beirut
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: Dedicated to the founder of the Maronite sect, Église Saint-Maron (Knisset Mar Maroun in Arabic), lies at the edge Gemmeyzé... more » Owner description: Dedicated to the founder of the Maronite sect, Église Saint-Maron (Knisset Mar Maroun in Arabic), lies at the edge Gemmeyzé and Saifi Village. It was likely built in the late 19th century using the traditional stone architecture of the area. The beautiful interior, with its use of ablaq (i.e. bi-coloured) arches, is reminiscent of Moorish and Pisan architecture. A rather impressive crystal chandelier illuminates the centre of the nave. « less
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Ranked #28 of 48 attractions in Beirut
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: Standing on a dominant hill next to the Grand Sérail building, Saint Nichan is the cathedral church of the Armenian Orthodox... more » Owner description: Standing on a dominant hill next to the Grand Sérail building, Saint Nichan is the cathedral church of the Armenian Orthodox community of Lebanon. It was built in 1938 in the typical Armenian church architectural-style, but with some Art Déco features. It is surrounded by a small garden with good views of the Lebanese mountains. The cathedral was restored in 2004. « less
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Ranked #29 of 48 attractions in Beirut
Category: Neighborhoods
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Ranked #30 of 48 attractions in Beirut
Category: Museums
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