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#1 of 27 attractions in Beirut
Category: Religious Sites
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Category: Educational Sites
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#4 of 27 attractions in Beirut
Category: Religious Sites
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#5 of 27 attractions in Beirut
Category: Neighborhoods
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Category: Neighborhoods
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#7 of 27 attractions in Beirut
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Neighborhoods
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#8 of 27 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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#9 of 27 attractions in Beirut
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Off road/All Terrain Vehicle Trails
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#10 of 27 attractions in Beirut
Category: Neighborhoods
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#11 of 27 attractions in Beirut
Category: Neighborhoods
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#12 of 27 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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#13 of 27 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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#14 of 27 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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#15 of 27 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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#16 of 27 attractions in Beirut
Category: Castles
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#17 of 27 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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#18 of 27 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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#19 of 27 attractions in Beirut
Category: Neighborhoods
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#20 of 27 attractions in Beirut
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
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#21 of 27 attractions in Beirut
Category: Religious Sites
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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#22 of 27 attractions in Beirut
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
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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#23 of 27 attractions in Beirut
Category: Gardens
Owner description: Discovered after the civil war of 75-90 during the demolition of damaged buildings, this large Z-shaped archaeological area... more » Owner description: Discovered after the civil war of 75-90 during the demolition of damaged buildings, this large Z-shaped archaeological area in the heart of Downtown Beirut is still under excavation. The ruins of foundation walls, arches and floors uncovered are thought to date from the Roman and Byzantine periods and to belong to structures surrounding the Agora or marketplace. The area extends from the Corinthian columns of the Cardo Maximus, around St George Maronite Cathedral and all the way to Place des Martyrs. « less
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#24 of 27 attractions in Beirut
Category: Historic Sites
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Category: Art Galleries
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Category: Religious Sites
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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