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Lebanon: ancient history and natural resources

From Mediterranean’s azure to Mount Mzaar’s immaculate white, through the green pine forests, Lebanon overflows with natural resources. Cradle of many civilizations, it has kept the treasures left behind. Between nature, archaeology and nightlife, a trip to Lebanon enriches the traveler.

Nicknamed 'Paris of the Middle East', Beirut - the capital of Lebanon - lives to the rhythm of festive and lively nights of both Monnot and Gemmayzeh districts. Both the city and its country are filled with cultural diversity. Thus, the sublime Al Omari Mosque stands alongside the St. Georges Cathedral and the Roman baths in all simplicity. The El Tayeb souk allows one to discover the richness of its culinary specialties.

Take a ride away from Beirut and marvel at the caves of Jeita and the Roman-Byzantine site of Deir Al Kalaa. The former capital, Beiteddine is known for its 19th-century palace. Byblos, one of the oldest cities in the world, attracts every summer for its music festival and the richness of its heritage. The thirty century-old sarcophagus of King Ahiram bears the oldest Phoenician inscription that is.

A ticket to Tripoli allows a journey through time between beautiful mosques, madrassas and remains of the eleventh century. Saida, meanwhile, has retained traces of the prosperous Phoenician era, including the impressive fortress built in the water. Assyrian, Greek, Byzantine or Roman influences are found in Baalbek and Tyre while the Kadisha Valley and its many monasteries bear the seal of the Christian community.

Lebanon is the perfect destination for nature lovers. Between the Chouf Mountains and the Forest of the Cedars of God, forget your travel guide to get lost among these ancient trees, emblem of Lebanon.