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Intro into Lebanon

Lebanon is located on the Mediterranean coast and its small country with beautiful scenery that's only 220km long and 45km wide.

In the glory days of the 1960s, Beirut the capital of Lebanon was hailed as the 'Paris of the East' and was then a favorite with the likes of Brigitte Bardot and Frank Sinatra who were there because of its amazing nightlife. The partying came to an abrupt halt with the onslaught of a 16-year civil war, which left the country shell-shocked. The country was about to become a popular tourist destination again, when the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah (Islamic resistance movement) broke out.

This war-scarred country is now starting to see a new renaissance. The wars have left a mark, with ugly concrete buildings that are packed with bullet holes and armed soldiers everywhere, but its a city full of life and ready to welcome you.

Outside of the Beirut there are several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and many of which reflect the country's various ancient civilizations. Some of these include Phoenician tombs, Roman temples, Crusader castles and Mamlouk mosques can be found in the cities and ruins of Baalbeck, Byblos and Tyre.

The town of Aanjar in the Bekaa Valley contains an Umayyad site from the 8th century - a unique historical example of a commercial centre that was inland. Within the mountainous interior of the Kadisha Valley, ancient monasteries and churches can be seen, including a chapel built into the rock face. For more information on Lebanon go to







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