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Beirut Sights

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Ranked #1 of 28 Sights & Landmarks in Beirut
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #2 of 28 Sights & Landmarks in Beirut
Category: Educational Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #3 of 28 Sights & Landmarks in Beirut
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #4 of 28 Sights & Landmarks in Beirut
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #5 of 28 Sights & Landmarks in Beirut
Category: Ancient Ruins; Religious Sites; Landmarks

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 #6 of 28 Sights & Landmarks in Beirut
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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 28 Sights & Landmarks in Beirut
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #8 of 28 Sights & Landmarks in Beirut
Category: Neighborhoods; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Ranked #9 of 28 Sights & Landmarks in Beirut
Category: Beaches; Historic Walking Areas
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Ranked #10 of 28 Sights & Landmarks in Beirut
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: The Zaitunay Bay certainly exceeds all expectations and transcends the national borders to further polish Lebanon’s image and... more » Owner description: The Zaitunay Bay certainly exceeds all expectations and transcends the national borders to further polish Lebanon’s image and allow it to assume its rightful position as a touristic destination, but more importantly, as an exclusive and luxurious destination rivaling the best the world has to offer. Being the go-to place for all the Lebanese, Zaitunay Bay also inevitably is a prominent touristic destination. A must-see destination offering an array of various, cultural, leisure and social activities which finally brings back those faded photographs of Lebanon into the new millennium. « less
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Ranked #11 of 28 Sights & Landmarks in Beirut
Category: Off road/All Terrain Vehicle Trails; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Ranked #12 of 28 Sights & Landmarks in Beirut
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Landmarks
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Ranked #13 of 28 Sights & Landmarks in Beirut
Category: Ancient Ruins; Landmarks

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 #14 of 28 Sights & Landmarks in Beirut
Category: Government Buildings; Landmarks
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 #15 of 28 Sights & Landmarks in Beirut
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks
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 #16 of 28 Sights & Landmarks in Beirut
Category: Ancient Ruins; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #17 of 28 Sights & Landmarks in Beirut
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Ranked #18 of 28 Sights & Landmarks in Beirut
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #19 of 28 Sights & Landmarks in Beirut
Category: Castles; Landmarks
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Ranked #20 of 28 Sights & Landmarks in Beirut
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Landmarks
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 #21 of 28 Sights & Landmarks in Beirut
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Landmarks
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 #22 of 28 Sights & Landmarks in Beirut
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Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Landmarks
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Ranked #23 of 28 Sights & Landmarks in Beirut
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: Much like its neighbour le Grand Serail (the Lebanese government building), the Clock Tower (Tour de l'Horloge) is an Ottoman... more » Owner description: Much like its neighbour le Grand Serail (the Lebanese government building), the Clock Tower (Tour de l'Horloge) is an Ottoman structure. It was erected in 1897, around the same time that nearly every city in the Levant received a clock tower by the Ottomans. The design is by the Lebanese architect, Youssef Aftimos, who later designed two of the most beautiful edifices in Beirut: the Municipal Building and Barakat Building. The clock tower stands in front of the main entrance of le Grand Sérail on a hill dominating central Beirut. « less
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Ranked #24 of 28 Sights & Landmarks in Beirut
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Located near the shore, just north of the Solidere-Downtown Beirut, al-Majidiya Mosque was once an 18th century Ottoman... more » Owner description: Located near the shore, just north of the Solidere-Downtown Beirut, al-Majidiya Mosque was once an 18th century Ottoman defensive fort. In 1841, the fort was no longer needed so the structure was turned into a mosque and named after the Ottoman Sultan Abdul-Mejid I. In 1881 and again in 1906, the mosque was enlarged and renovated. Its tall, pencil-shaped minaret is typical of Ottoman mosques, while its shorter minaret is of a more typical Beiruti-Mamluke style. The interior of the mosque has conserved the arches and vaulted ceilings of the Ottoman fort it once was. « less
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Ranked #25 of 28 Sights & Landmarks in Beirut
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Landmarks
Owner description: Originally built in 1869 by Evangelical Anglo-American Missionaries on the site of an Ottoman-period girls' school, the... more » Owner description: Originally built in 1869 by Evangelical Anglo-American Missionaries on the site of an Ottoman-period girls' school, the National Evangelical Church was the earliest Protestant church to operate in Arabic. The Evangelical Anglo-American Missionaries first arrived in Lebanon in 1848 and proceeded two decades later to build this church. It is located on a high hill in downtown Beirut, near le Grand Sérail, and its clock tower is visible from other parts of Beirut. « less
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Ranked #26 of 28 Sights & Landmarks in Beirut
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
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Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks

The Lebanese Presidential Palace is open for visitors the first Saturday of every month. Book your visit at least 3 weeks in advance.  more »

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Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Located in the downtown district of Beirut, the Mosque of Emir Munzer Tannoukhi dates from 1620 AD. Although it was built in... more » Owner description: Located in the downtown district of Beirut, the Mosque of Emir Munzer Tannoukhi dates from 1620 AD. Although it was built in the Ottoman period, the architectural style is much more traditional Lebanese than Ottoman or even Mamluke. Only the octagonal minaret with muqarnas (stalactite) decorations exhibits a clear Mamluke style. The mosque has a courtyard surrounded by a lofty portico of pointed arches resting on eight grey granite columns, taken from pre-existing Roman structures. In a post-civil war restoration, the mosque's courtyard was covered to shield worshippers from inclement weather. « less
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