Qubbat Dûris was built in 1243 during the Ayyubid era. Its eight columns were probably borrowed from the ruins of the nearby Baalbeck Complex and were randomly assembled, one being upside-down. A dome used to exist atop these columns.Continue reading “The neglected “Qubbat Dûris””
Beirut Port was mentioned for the first time in mutual letters between the Pharaohs and the Phoenicians around 1500 BC. During the Roman Era (64 BC–636 AD), the port was developed into a commercial and economic center. During the Umayyad Era (661–750), it hosted the First Arabic fleet. The port gained an important role in the maritime trade between East and West during the rule of the Crusaders (1099-1291). This role became even stronger during the Mameluke Era (1291–1515) when the port was turned into a commercial center for the whole region. The port as we know it was founded by the end of the 19th century and has always been a crucial part of Lebanese development and politics.
I went over thousands of old photos, postcards, paintings and lithographs of Lebanon and came out with this timeline (from 1838 till today).Continue reading “Beirut Port over the years”
North-Bekaa is one of the most captivating historical areas in Lebanon, it’s home for the popular temples of Baalbeck as well as much less known attractions and hidden gems. Here’s a list of the top 10 places to visit.Continue reading “Top 10 things to do in North-Bekaa”
Standing alone for 1900 years, no one is sure why this Corinthian column exists. Some say it was built by St. Helena of Constantinople (mother of Emperor Constantine the Great) while others say it marks the site of a great ancient battle.Continue reading “The lonely column of Iaat”
Long before the declaration of Greater Lebanon, Dutch lieutenant and painter “Charles William Meredith Van de Velde” visited the Levant and wrote his amazing book “Narrative of a journey through Syria and Palestine in 1851 and 1852“. Along with this book, he made 100 lithographs of the main cities, monuments and places that he visited.Continue reading “A journey through Lebanon in 1851”
A 135-kilometer drive away from Beirut and 50 kilometers from Baalbeck, stands magnificently the underrated 2200-year-old Pyramid of Hermel.Continue reading “The Lebanese Pyramid”
Ain Herche is a village situated in Rashaya District south of Bekaa. It’s located west of Mount Hermon at 1,000 meters above sea level and its name that derives from Aramaic means “House of Spirits” or “Place of Worship”.Continue reading “The remote temple of Ain Herche”
The “Mseilha Fort” also known as “Puy du Connétable” is a medieval stronghold situated in Hamat, north of the city of Batroun. The fort overlooks “Nahr El Jawz” valley from atop a steep rocky spur.Continue reading “The Mseilha medieval fort”
Coca-Cola, the world’s largest beverage company has announced through its Lebanese distributor that as of May 31, the company will shut down its franchise in Lebanon. The distributor claims that the decision is based on the current financial situation in the country.Continue reading “A tribute to Coca-Cola Lebanon”
Most of you have visited the city of Baalbeck but probably haven’t seen these 2000-year-old Roman monoliths.
The Stone of the Pregnant Woman, together with other nearby stone blocks, are among the largest monoliths ever quarried. The building blocks were presumably intended for Jupiter temple but they never made it out of the quarry.Continue reading “The abandoned stones of Baalbeck”