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Ancient Tourist Attractions In The Republic Of Lebanon
Ancient Tourist Attractions In The Republic Of Lebanon by Ben
If history is something you
are passionate about, consider visiting the country of Lebanon. Lebanon's
history is long and full of different phases, occupations, and periods
of tumult, making it the interesting country that it is today. Lebanon
is actually home to some of the oldest populated cities in the entire world:
Byblos, Beirut, and Sidon. However, there is more to Lebanon than just
history. Lebanon is actually a world-class party destination, with celebrities
making their way to the biggest cities to party, and it was declared the
number one tourist destination in 2009. However, if you're thinking of
traveling, either for the history or the parties, remember that you will
need an new passport id card.
|Lebanon is located along
the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and shares a long border with Syria.
Because of this location, much of its history is Roman. There are seemingly
countless Roman ruins around the country, and most of them are surprisingly
easy to get to. One of the most famous Roman sites in the world, and also
a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is Baalbek. This is an ancient city, featuring
some of the biggest and best preserved Roman temples in the world.
Considered a wonder of the
ancient world, Baalbek is a place full of testaments to Roman history.
There are many temples, including the Temple of Jupiter and the Temple
of Bacchus, and each retaining much of their original form and decoration.
These huge temples rose around 70 feet high.
The Qadisha Valley and the
nearby Cedars of God form yet another World Heritage Site. Qadisha translates
into "holy," as this valley features some of the most ancient Christian
monasteries in the world. The Cedars are the remnants of an ancient forest,
full of the oldest trees in the world, some of which are still living at
3000 years old.
|The wood from these trees
were one of the most highly valued building materials in ancient times,
used by Solomon to construct the First Temple of Jerusalem, as well as
by Egyptians to build boats. There are many, many caves located in this
valley which were used in ancient times as shelters for those fleeing persecution.
Recently, mummies of ancient villages dating back to 1283 AD were found.
Tyre, founded in 2750 BC,
is an ancient city where people still live today. This particular spot
is famous in Classical Roman Mythology as the birthplace of Dido and Europa,
two famous characters in the mythology. Al Mina is another archaeological
site to visit. Much of the original Roman architecture is still standing,
and it's also located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea.
Lebanon's nightlife scene
should not be underestimated. Especially in places like Greater Beirut,
the parties start late in the night and don't end until the sun rises.
Then, the parties switch to the miles of beaches that Lebanon has, which
are always full of people. Some parties take place on rooftop clubs and
bars, overlooking the busy city.
About the Author: If your
travels take you to Lebanon, don't forget to bring your U.S.
passport id card. Also, don't forget about 24
hour U.S. passport renewal that you can access on the internet.
Arts and Fashion Scene in Beirut by Isla Campbell
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A bustling and hectic city,
Beirut is subject to high temperatures in the heat of summer, reaching
over 35 degrees on a typical day in July. So, which better way is there
to combat the heat if you're visiting this gorgeous city than to get inside
into the cool depths of an art gallery?
|There are plenty of them
scattered around the city, and art fans can be sure that these incredible
collections are at the very pinnacle of their field.
Beirut prides itself on being
a city of the arts; housing hundreds of art galleries within the city itself
and throughout the suburbs, and with good reason. If it is not the Lebanese
artists themselves working to create incredible new pieces of art, painters
and designers from all around the world flock to this country thanks to
its reputation as an artistic hub.
In Beirut, the art and fashion
scene is particularly lively, with artists and designers coming from all
countries, tastes and backgrounds to combine or clash in their various
ventures, creating an arts community that is vibrant and often explosive
in its diversity.
Beirut's universities are
filled with hundreds of students of the fine arts who go on to utilise
the many workshops that this creative city is packed with. Meanwhile, Beirut
is no stranger to making space in its hundreds of galleries for all of
the new art it is producing - or building new ones entirely once collections
get too large.
If you are an artist yourself,
there is no better place to meet like-minded people for inspiration than
Beirut. Discuss techniques and ideas with fellow artists who understand
all too well what it's like to create for a living, or for pleasure. You
may find your own work will invigorate itself following a trip to this
artistically rich city, something that many artists welcome with relish
as it breathes new life into their work.
|For those on the fashion
side of the rails, Beirut is a fantastic opportunity to get up to date
with the latest global trends. From the Gucci and Versace fashion stores
adorning the streets to the city's position as home of many of the world's
great fashion designers, the city is as cutting edge as they come and fashion
shows are almost as numerous as the city's art galleries, meaning fashion
fans will always have some fresh new trends to chase after.
Plus, with Beirut airport
serving as a central hub for a wide range of air carriers, there are plentiful
to Beirut available to and from many major cities in both the Middle
East and the western world, and so opens other avenues for tourists to
But, if Beirut is your sole
destination, then prepare to be swept up into a world of ever-changing
art and fashion from the moment you step off the plane, creating an experience
that will be difficult to forget.
Of interest to art and
music lovers visiting Beirut: Al
Bustan Hotel, Beirut
The Hotel Al Bustan is superbly
located, with breathtaking views over Beirut and the Mediterranean, exclusive,
secure and beautifully furnished. 15 km from the airport and the commercial
district, the hotel offers tranquility above the bustle and traffic of
the city below. An independent, family owned hotel, it offers the luxury
of space, good taste, attention to detail and personal service with up-to-date
technology and modern facilities. The hotel houses an Art collection, comprising
paintings by local and international artists, as well as antiquities.
The hotel also hosts the Al Bustan International Festival of Music and
the Arts which takes place yearly during five weeks in February and March
in the hotel's own Auditorium.
About the Author: Isla Campbell
writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned
by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but
should be considered professional content.
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