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“Tranquil and Beautiful”

Ranked #10 of 102 things to do in Beirut
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

During my past travels to Beirut, I'd often walked by this church near the Solidere clocktower without giving it much thought. That was mostly because I was there at night and the church was always closed. That all changed a couple of weeks ago when I once again found myself in Solidere and saw that the church's doors were open, so I walked in to check it out. Wow, was I glad I did. The church, which just opened its doors last year after 17 years of refurbishing is absolutely beautiful. The restorative work performed on the murals was first-rate and has returned them to their stunning original glory. It's basically just a riot of color inside the church with all the murals, icons, and altar meshing seamlessly together to provide a classic religious experience.

In addition to the church, which is free to enter, there's also a small archeological museum next door. This museum, which goes underneath the church in what's essentially the church's crypt, is inexpensive (5000 LE or $3.33 to enter), informative (everything is very well signed and lit), and well done. I went on a hot summer day, and the difference in temperature by being underground was both pleasant and striking. In addition to the displays contained in the museum, there is also an interesting focus on items still in situ, such as the skeleton of a long dead Ottoman soldier and the various mosaic foundations of early versions of the church. These last, by showing the difference in height between the current and older versions of the church, really emphasize how all current structures are really just built on the remains of the past. Also noteworthy is a 10 minute long video which shows how the church has changed throughout the years and the local events which have affected it. It takes some patience to see it to the end but it's worthwhile. All in all, I highly recommend this church and museum for anybody that's visiting Beirut. I know I'll be back.

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Reviewed July 14, 2012


> ST GEORGE ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL AND CRYPT MUSEUM
>
> This, for me, is perhaps the greatest monument to the history of
> Beirut. It was badly damaged, like all the other buildings around it,
> in the civil war.It has been beautifully restored ,standing dignified
> and low profile, below the Al Amin Mosque and opposite the Garden of
> Forgiveness. Visit the Crypt Museum and the excavation reveals several
> layers of the history of Beirut (Greek,Roman,Ottoman etc.,) The
> present cathedral is the 7th church to have occupied the spot over
> 2000 years one being badly damaged by an earthquake in the mid 18th century.

5  Thank Michael V
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Reviewed June 29, 2012

If there are two places to visit in Beirut, this is the first one not because of the church per se, but because of the underground museum it has. Visit the church looking at the paintings on the wall each telling you a story. While looking at the paintings, notice their freshness and the direction of the looks of the people. Then move to the next door underground museum, it has a 3 USD entrance fee which absolutely worth it. Inside you would see different layers of Beirut an a lot more but the unique feature of this museum is that you push button of the instructions and the designated sites gets light enough so that you can visit it. The astonishing feature of the museum is two layers of mosaics built on each other throughout different history eras. While leaving ask the museum employee to show you the original paintings of the church, they you would notice what I meant by freshness and the direction of the eyes watching.

3  Thank Golzari
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

It is a very nice church where teh Divine Liturgy is being conducted every Sunday morning.

The theme and colors of the icons are very nice (Golden and Rose).

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Reviewed April 12, 2012

Beautiful church with greek icons, little and nice.

1  Thank ZENOBIA_PALMIRA
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